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Shot putter Thomas blames impatience for below-par effort

Published:Saturday | August 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMAndre Lowe
Jamaica’s Danniel Thomas competing in women’s shot put qualifying at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeirio, Brazil yesterday.


Danniel Thomas, Jamaica's third ever women's shot put competitor at the Olympic Games, was left wondering what could have been after her 16.99 metres heave in the qualifying round inside the Olympic Stadium yesterday, left her 14th in her group and 25th overall as she failed to advance to the final.

She pointed to impatience as the main reason behind he let-down but is, however, hoping that the general upturn in Jamaican throws will continue to inspire others to get involved in the events.

"I'm not happy with the performance at all because leading up to this day I've been having really good practises so I am very disappointed with what I was able to produce today knowing what I am capable of, so I'm not happy at all," Thomas said.

"Not being patient, that was my main problem here. The throws are very technical and the technique that you use, you cannot rush it and I think that was my biggest mistake. I wanted it too badly and I think I didn't get to the point where I was able to relax and allow the technique to take control. I have been doing really well in practise so If I had relaxed and think of it as a training session, I would have done much better here," she believes.

Thomas posted 16.70m and 16.43m on her first two attempts before closing out her series with the 16.99m mark.

"This year has been a historic one for Jamaica, with so many women qualifying for the Olympic Games, I would say it's starting to open more doors both on the men's and women's sides. Last year I was the only female at the World Championships, this year there are five of us so you know what they've seen us do, we are now having more kids showing an interest in throwing," Thomas said. "You could say that Asafa (Powell) started it for the sprints and then Usain Bolt came and then everyone wanted to sprint and I think we are helping others to want to throw and you will see more people wanting to throw."

She is now planning to pursue a Masters degree in sports and recreational management, while stepping up her preparations for next year's World Championships in London.