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PanAm Games: Dacres' golden throw, Dwyer smashes 44-year-old 200m record

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2015 | 7:19 PM
Dacres, a former Calabar High School star, captured gold in the men's discus with a throw of 64.80 metres.

Discus thrower, Fedrick Dacres, won Jamaica's second gold medal at the Pan American Games Championships in Toronto, Canada today to share the spotlight with 200 metre runner Rasheed Dwyer who smashed a 44-year-old record to advance to tomorrow's final.

Dacres, a former Calabar High School star, captured gold in the men's discus with a throw of 64.80 metres.

Meanwhile, Roxroy Cato captured a bronze medal for Jamaica in the men’s 400 metres hurdles.

Cato registered a season's best 48.72 seconds to hand Jamaica its fourth medal at the championships.

The race was won by The Bahamas’ Jeffery Gibson in a personal best 48.51 seconds.

Cato’s compatriot Leford Green finished sixth in 49.42 seconds.

In the meantime, Dwyer is the big favourite to win the men's 200 metres final tomorrow.  

Dwyer clocked a meet record 19.80 seconds to win his semi final heat yesterday.

Dwyer's mark erased the previous time of 19.86 seconds which was held by his countryman Donald Quarrie. 

Olympic silver medallist, Kerron Stewart, and Simone Facey are down to compete in the women's 200 metres final.