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'Ridiculous' foul calls disappoint Richards

Published:Saturday | May 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Jamaica’s O’Dayne Richards competing in the men’s shot put during the IAAF Diamond League in the Qatari capital Doha yesterday.

DOHA, Qatar:

O'Dayne Richards left the Qatar Sports Club in disappointment after an eighth-place finish at the Doha Diamond League after four fouls crippled his ambitions of improving on his 20.48m season best.

Richards took issue with some of the calls that went against him, but says he will be trying his best to remain positive after his 19.89m mark left him way behind winner David Storl (Germany), 21.51m, with Reese Hoffa (USA) 21.30 and Ryan Whiting (USA) 21.06m taking second and third.

"The official called some fouls that were in my opinion ridiculous, but I can't control that, I can only do my best. I had a couple throws that went over 20m based on what I saw, but I guess I have to work on my technique and try and correct that so that, in the future, if I meet an official that will be making calls that are not by the book, I will still be safe enough," said Richards, who only registered legal throws on his second and third attempts.

"As an athlete, I have to try and contend with stuff like this, I can't let it get me down. I'm trying not to be as disappointed so that it won't affect me negatively or so that I don't get angry or anything like that," added Richards, who will now turn his attention to the Eugene Diamond League meet.

No reason given

"It was difficult to get any sort of explanation. He spoke a little English, but mostly Arabic, and during the competition, it would be a difficult time to speak to him anyway, because the rounds were coming around so fast, so I didn't really have an opportunity to talk to him," Richards said.

Richards, who noted ahead of the competition that he was coming off a week with a heavy workload at the Jamaica International Invitational, added that his preparation could also have been better coming into this event.

"I felt a little better, but it wasn't completely gone. I guess the travelling and preparation here was a bit off as well, but I knew I could throw better here than I did at the Invitational," said Richards.