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Dacres pleased with Rome experience

Published:Friday | June 3, 2016 | 6:18 AMAndre Lowe
Dacres

ROME, Italy:

HIS PERSONAL best mark of 68.02m is the third best distance registered in the men’s discus event this year, but World Championships finalist Fedrick Dacres says he is focused on further improvement, after making his debut on the Diamond League circuit in Rome yesterday.

Dacres landed the disc at the 63.50m mark on his second attempt to finish fourth at the Golden Gala meeting inside the Stadio Olimpico to finish behind World Championships bronze medal winner Robert Urbanek (Poland), 65.00m, Victor Hogan (South Africa), 64.03m, and Robert Harting (Germany), 63.96m.

The 2011 World Youth and 2012 World Junior champion said he was focused on being competitive, and while he knows that there is a lot of work to be done if he is to achieve improvement, he is leaving Rome with overall satisfaction with his efforts.

“I really came in telling myself I have to be competitive because it makes no sense to come all this way and not be competitive and give a good account of myself, so this being my first time and I finished fourth, hopefully, that will improve and I will continue to get better,” Dacres said.

“It’s a good experience to come here and get a chance to compete against the big guys other than at the championships, so I am really thankful for the opportunity and I’m just trying to get better as time progresses,” Dacres added.

The Jamaican said he was proud to have improved his personal best to the 68m zone after previously holding a best of 66.75m, which was recorded back in 2014.

He was, however, left to consider a number of technical improvements, which he hopes to tie down ahead of the National Senior Championships at the end of this month.

‘PHYSICALLY OK’

“Physically, I am OK. I have no problems. I can’t say anything is wrong. All is well so far. It’s just that my technique is not where it should be, but we have time to work on that,” Dacres said.

“It’s a real blessing to be a part of the 68m club, so I am thankful for that, but I am not taking it as this is it for me. Hopefully, I can progress and get better, and that is really the main aim – to get better,” Dacres said.

Dacres has won seven of his 11 competitions to date this season.

- A.L.