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World leader Dacres aims to land medal in Bird’s Nest

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Rusea’s High School’s Sabrina Mason (foreground) winning the girls 200 metres at the G.C. Foster Classic track and field meeting at the National Stadium on Saturday.

World-leading discus thrower, Federick Dacres, is hoping his world-leading 66.30 metres throw at the Big Shot meet earlier this year is the start of world-class form, which will see him peak at the right time and go on to win a World Championship medal in the Bird's Nest this summer.

The 15th IAAF World Championship will be staged inside Beijing's Olympic Stadium, the Bird's Nest, in China, from August 22-30.

"Hopefully, I continue on my confident start so far this year and get to medal at World Champs. Everything is going well in terms of fitness and preparations so far," Dacres assured in an interview with The Gleaner.

"I am not really above anyone now in terms of form, but the competition is not really here (Jamaica), so I am trying to broaden my horizon and get quality competition to do well at World Champs.

World Champs medal

"I will definitely be working for a World Champs medal; it doesn't make any sense to be mediocre," Dacres reinforced, following the launch of the UWI Invitational, which takes place this Saturday.

"I want to be the best in what I do. Whenever and wherever I compete, I want to be the best," said Dacres, whose season-opening effort came at the Big Shot meet."

The national discus record is currently Traves Smikle's 67.12 metres, which was established at the National Senior Trials in June 2012.

Dacres began his international journey by winning gold at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics and then followed that breakout performance with gold at the 2012 World Junior Champion-ships in Athletics.

The 21-year-old University of the West Indies student is the first Jamaican to do so at that level.

The world-rated thrower has been coached by Julian Robinson since he was a student at Calabar High.

"We are glad we got over the first hurdle with the world-leading throw. Hopefully, I will continue to compete well and put in big performances," said Dacres.