Richards concerned after Rome disappointment
It has been a tough year so far for Jamaica's Commonwealth Games shot put champion O'Dayne Richards, who continued to struggle on the circuit on Thursday after a seventh-place finish at the Golden Gala IAAF Diamond League meet in Rome.
Richards, has now finished seventh in his last two competitions - Rome and Eugene Diamond League meets following up on his eighth-place finish at the circuit opening Doha Diamond League a couple weeks ago.
The national record holder (21.61m), who has a season-best of 21.00m recorded at the UTech Classics in April, can at least take some sort of solace in the fact that yesterday's effort in the Italian capital, was his best so far in the Diamond League.
Richards, however, told The Gleaner that he is deeply concerned with his form so far this season and is guessing whether or not increased muscle mass and as a result decreased speed is causing his troubles.
"I'm very concerned about my present shape. I need to find out what is happening why I am not able to consistently go over 20.50m in this first half of the season. Once I evaluate that and find the problem, I should improve," said Richards.
"It could be that I'm significantly slower. I started lifting really heavy weights. I did a lot of PBs in the gym and that may have slowed me up a bit. That's what I suspect
but when I evaluate it, I will be clearer," added Richards, expressing concern with the National Senior Championships and World Championships fast approaching.
"This type of form can definitely be discouraging because you start to question whether or not you will be able to recover in time for the World Championships and national trials," Richards shared, while assessing yesterday's performance.
"It's a step up from the last meet and I managed to get six throws in this time. Technically I feel like I'm getting back into shape. I'm still a little shaky and I need some work but when I get back home I know I will have to work even harder," Richards noted.