Dacres makes discus history ... again
Last week, Fedrick Dacres won Jamaica's first ever Pan-American Games gold medal in the discus throw. His coach, Julian Robinson, says Dacres, who is also Jamaica's first World Youth and World Junior discus winner, has been through a lot to earn his latest success. The lanky thrower came close to his coach's distance
target at the Games in Toronto and is building towards next month's World Championships.
Referring to injuries Dacres has suffered in the last few
seasons, Robinson said, "To see him come and win now, it really warms my heart, and I was happy for him because he has had disappointments."
The gold medal in Toronto came with a winning throw measured at 64.80 metres. That was just short of the 65 metres mark Robinson thinks is required of throwers who seek World Championships medals.
"At the World Championships, you're going to have a qualifying round, and typically, people who advance to the top 12 will have to throw in the region of 65m," he postulated.
"I reason that for him to get a medal he will need to produce at least two 65 metres throws," he said.
Dacres produced two 64m efforts in Toronto, his winning throw and another effort of 64.40m. Prior to a mid-season biceps injury, Dacres produced throws measured at 66.40m and 66.30m. Since his return to
competition, he took top spot in last month's National Senior Championships.
He will continue to build strength, power and technique as the World Championships approach.
"I think that in the 30-odd days that remain, we can do some more work so that we're in a better position going into the World Championships," said coach Robinson.
Robinson had high praise for Odayne Richards, who won Jamaica's first Pan-Am gold in the shot with a national and Games record of 21.69m. The success of both throwers led the coach to make a recommendation to his colleagues.
"Our human resource is such that we can produce jumpers, sprinters, throwers and middle distance people," he essayed, "and I would hope that our coaches would not limit the young talent to sprinting alone but would consider other disciplines."