Dacres looking to build on experience
History made, but disappointment nonetheless. Jamaican discus athlete Fedrick Dacres became the first man from Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean to qualify for a final in his event at the World Championships.
Dacres entered the final with the best mark among qualifiers - a 65.77-metre effort landed on his first attempt. He, however, could not find his best form during the final and ended the competition in seventh place with a throw of 64.22m, which was also achieved on his fifth attempt.
The Jamaican followed up his opening throw with a 59.80m mark and a foul on his third attempt to occupy third place at this point. Fourth and fifth attempts of 62.74m and 61.73m, respectively, and a foul in his final effort meant the University of the West Indies student, who by this point had slid down the rankings, could not improve on his opening-round mark.
Piotr Malachowski, 67.40m, was the winner, finishing ahead of Philip Milanov, 66.90m, with Robert Urbanek, 65.18m, taking the bronze.
"I feel very good that I made the final. Coming out here as the youngest was a learning experience. I came and gave my all. On the day, I thought I could have done more, but it never worked out. I guess I'm not a championships thrower yet, but I have time, and hopefully, I will build on this," Dacres told The Gleaner.
"I thought things would have gone better after that first throw, but through the rounds, I guess I got tired. I really don't know. It just didn't work out in my favour," he added. "I'm really disappointed, but I can't really be down on myself because it's my first World Championships, but I expected more.
"What came third wasn't that much of a task for me to beat, but I didn't on the day, so that's all that counts."
The youngster says he will be working on his strength and is hoping to continue his development going forward.
"I need to get stronger because these guys are way ahead of me strength-wise and with experience," said Dacres. "But getting this far is something good for the country. Obviously, the throws are improving, and I hope I can do better next time."