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Dacres back for Big Shot Invitational

Published:Friday | January 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence
Fedrick Dacres

Fedrick Dacres, the Pan-American Games discus-throw champion, will return to Excelsior High School for tomorrow's Big Shot Invitational. Dacres, who opened his 2017 season with a throw of 64.79 metres last Saturday in Mandeville, has produced fine efforts at the Invitational in the past. His University of the West Indies (UWI) training partner, Traves Smikle, will also be competing.

Last week, at the Manchester High-Charlie Fuller Memorial in Mandeville, Dacres and Smikle started 2017 in style with the left-handed Smikle happy with his throw of 61.74 metres. Dacres, an Olympian last year in Rio de Janeiro, sailed four throws over 60 metres. His second best mark was 63.38 metres.

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In 2014, he starred at the all throws meet with a winner taped at 64.36 metres. The following year, he was even better at 66.30 metres. Both of those marks were personal bests at the time. Dacres, who has since thrown 68.02 metres, was also the winner of the discus last year.

Dacres is the nation's finest discus thrower of all time. Coached at Calabar High School and now at the UWI by Julian Robinson, he was World Youth Champion in 2011 and World Junior Champion in 2012. In 2015, he reached the World Championship final.

Smikle is no slouch. He, too, is an Olympian, having worn green black and gold and competed in the 2012 Games in London. His trophy case houses a bronze medal from the 2009 World Youth Games, and he was finalist in the following year at the World Junior Championships.

The Big Shot Invitational will host two-time Olympic shot put finalist Cleopatra Borel of Trinidad and Tobago and will include competitors from The Bahamas as the Blue Chip Athletics Club will be in attendance.