#RioGoldRush: Throwing finger injury cuts Dacres out of finals #Rio2016
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
An injury to his throwing finger and a constant downpour which coincided with the start of the men’s discus all contributed to Fedrick Dacres failing in his bid to make a second consecutive major championship final.
The first time Olympian had earlier this year established a new personal best mark of 68.02m but could not replicate that performance as he fouled on his opening two attempts before registering a modest 50.69m, exiting at the preliminary phase of the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“At the start of the week I suffered a cut,” Dacres told The Gleaner. “I bust open my throwing finger so that was an issue. It got worse and with the rain it was really difficult but overall it was just a really bad meet for me.”
“Like I kept saying, it doesn't matter what you do before in the season it's what you do here and I wasn't able to do enough today.”
The former Calabar standout was Jamaica’s lone representative in the event following the well-documented and controversial non inclusion of national record holder Jason ‘Dadz’ Morgan, the only other Jamaican to achieve the qualifying mark.
Dacres, who was a finalist at last year’s IAAF World Championships, where he placed seventh, has won gold at all the youth levels.
He created history by being the first Jamaican to win the event at the 2011 World Youth Championships before returning a year later to win another first gold medal for the country at the World Junior Championships.
Fedrick Dacres -
Age: 22 years old
High School: Calabar High Tertiary Education: University of the West Indies, Mona
Event(s): men’s discus
Personal Best: 68.02m
Became the first Jamaican to reach the final of the discus at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.
He won gold in the discus event at the 2011 IAAF World Youth Championship in Lille, France.
Captured gold at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain.
He is Jamaica’s national discuss champion.
Dacres underwent a surgery in 2014 after damaging his meniscus and Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).