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National record for 'Dadz'

Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMLeighton Levy
Jason 'Dadz' Morgan

Jason Morgan made his own dream come true with a world-leading and national-record throw in the discus at the Peak Performance Track and Field Classic in Mississippi yesterday.

Morgan, the 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, threw 68.19m that secured him qualification for the IAAF World Athletic Championships in Beijing in August.

Once ratified, Morgan's mark will eclipse the 67.93m by Germany's Christoph Harting that was set on May 19. It is also eclipses Frederick Dacres' 66.40m as the best throw by a Jamaican this year. So far, three Jamaicans have met qualifying standards for the World Championships as Chad Wright threw 65.03m in April. All three are former students of Calabar High School.

'Dadz', as Morgan is called, was elated with the performance that he said was the result of a lot of hard work.

"I am definitely humbled by this performance. I definitely put in a lot of hard work, and God just showed me how good it is to stay determined and dedicated. Last week, I had a dream that I threw really far, but I couldn't see what number I threw. Thank God that dream became a reality today."

The throw, which sees Morgan reclaim the national record from Traves Smikle (67.12) after he lost it under controversial circumstances in 2013, has also provided a big boost to his chances of performing well at the national championships coming up later this month and possibly puts him in contention for a medal at the World Championships, where he is aiming to get closer to 70 metres.