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Doha Diamond League: Tough day for Richards

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 10:55 AMAndre Lowe, Special Projects Editor - Sports
O’Dayne Richards (right) walks with his massage therapist on his way to compete in the Men's Shot Put earlier.

DOHA, Qatar:

A top mark of 19.89m left Jamaica’s Commonwealth Games champion O’Dayne Richards with huge disappointment in the shot put competition at the Doha Diamond League earlier today.

Richards, who finished in eight place was far from his best, managing only two legal throws in his series with two-time world champion David Storl winning the event in 21.51m ahead of Reese Hoffa (USA) 21.30m – his best mark this season and Ryan Whiting (USA) 21.06m.

The Jamaican said he was trying not to get too angry with the performance as he looks forward to his next competition at the May 29-30 Eugene Diamond League meet.

“Today went how it went and I just have to give God thanks regardless,” Richards told The Gleaner. “As an athlete, I have to try and contend with stuff like this, I cant let it get me down, I’m trying not to be as disappointed so that it wont affect me negatively going forward.”