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Disappointment for Dacres

Published:Saturday | August 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Lowe
Fedrick Dacres looking at his injured finger during the qualifying round of the men’s discus at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil yesterday.


Jamaican thrower Fedrick Dacres arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games with one eye on history but was left with disappointment after yesterday's performance in the men's discus qualifiers.

Dacres' 68.02 metres mark is the sixth best distance in the event this season but he didn't manage to get close, fouling on his first two attempts between landing the disc at 50.69m, his worst distance since 2012.

The World Championships finalist, however, explained that he was bothered by a cut on his throwing finger, which got worst as he slipped and had to use the affected hand to break his fall on his second attempt.

"At the start of the week (on Sunday) I cut or burst open my throwing finger, so that was the issue but overall today was just not my day," Dacres told The Gleaner after this competition.

"The wound was a bit tender (so it was difficult) to get the hand around (the implement). In the competition the finger burst open and the rain started to fall, it was really bad conditions ... " said Dacres.


The 22 year-old said his mind is already focused on coming back stronger next season and taking what he can from this experience.

"I think it was just a bad meet for me; really poor, I guess I have to build and come back next year," Dacres said. "I've been saying what you do before this doesn't really matter, it's what you do here and I couldn't do it here so I just have to move on."

Dacres was the third Jamaican to compete in the men's discus event at the Olympic Games after Traves Smikle and Jason Morgan's appearance at the London 2012 Games.

He was strongly tipped to become the first Jamaican to advance to the final in the event at the Olympics.