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Coach not satisfied despite Dacres’ world best at UWI Invitational

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2015 | 3:00 AMLeighton Levy
Federick Dacres prepares to launch the discus on his way to winning the men's event, during the University of the West Indies(UWI) Track and Field Invitational held at the UWI/Usain Bolt Track on Saturday.

Despite producing two of the top-three best discus throws in the world this year, Federick Dacres' coach, Julian Robinson, believes if the youngster is to have a shot at a medal at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships this

summer, he will have to improve significantly.

Dacres threw a season-best 66.40 metres to win the discus at the UWI Invitational on Saturday, the second best throw in the world this year behind Estonian Martin Yupper's 66.67m. The mark was 10 centimetres better than Dacres' former world-leading throw set at the Big Shot meet here in January.

Needs to be better

While pleased with the effort, Robinson feels Dacres needs to be better.

"Yes, we're training for the World Championships, but he is not where is supposed to be," said Robinson, of the second-year UWI student whose worst throw of the opening round was at 61.75m, followed by a near 65-metre throw on his second attempt.

"I am happy for the 66, but ideally, he has to get a good throw within his first three throws," said Robinson, who has been Dacres' coach since the thrower was a skinny youngster at Calabar High.

"Yes, he started with a 61, but in these kinds of conditions, outdoors, non-stadium conditions, he has to start with about a 64 or 65 to be good, to be in a final, or win a medal at a World Championship."

Robinson explained that throwing inside a stadium is much different from throwing outdoors, saying that Dacres' near 65-metre throw on his second attempt would be closer to 62 or 63 metres throwing inside a stadium.

On the right track

However, he said Dacres, while not there yet, is on the right track.

"The series was decent, but I would prefer for a 65m at least to come within three throws. I feel that would make any final," he said.

Robinson did praise Dacres for his incredible work ethic and noted that the athlete, who is a World Youth and World Junior discus champion, is getting stronger by the day.

"He is getting stronger, and we are continuing to work on it,"

he said. "However, Intercol (Intercollegiate Championships) is coming up, so we are doing some technique work. His technique is not reliable, he is having some technical problems, so we are working on them, but we are not in a hurry because he has already met the qualifying standard for the World Championships."