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Diamond League: O’Dayne Richards disappointed with Shanghai effort

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2016 | 6:49 AM
O'Dayne Richards had a tough day in the shot put at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Shanghai, China. Richards could only manage 19.22m, which left him out of the top positions in 10th place.

Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor - Sports

World Championships bronze medal winner O’Dayne Richards was left disappointed with his
season-opening 19.22m effort in the shot put at the Shanghai Diamond League a short while ago and says it's clear that he has a lot of work to do to get back to his best.

Richards, who equaled the national record he had set just weeks prior with a 21.6m mark on his way to finishing third at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing last August, started his series with 18.90m, before fouling on his second attempt and landing the put at the 19.22m mark with his third effort.

“I am disappointed, I was looking to at least get 20.22m today all things considered and it shows me that I have a lot of work to do if I am to get back to my best,” Richards told The Gleaner after his competition.

The event was won by American Kurt Roberts with a season-best 21.40m ahead of New Zealand’s Tom Walsh, 21.20m and world champion Joe Kovacs, 20.82m. Kovacs, 20.82m.

Richards will next compete at the Prefontaine Classics in Eugene later this month.