Throwers need help - Robinson
Julian Robinson, coach of Pan-American Games discus champion Fedrick Dacres, is hoping star throwers Danielle Dodd and Kellion Knibb will get financial support once their days at college end. Robinson believes Dodd and Knibb could challenge for medals at international championships if they are able to train beyond college.
Dodd and Knibb are outgoing seniors at Kent State University and Florida State University respectively and Robinson said, "I hope we can keep them in training because it's not easy.
"If we can keep them in training", he continued, "we can look at medalling."
Knowing the public's desire for high level success, he asked for patience.
"I want to say to the Jamaican people they must understand that it is a process," he tabled. Noting that Dodd set a national record of 19.15 metres to win the NCAA shot put and that Shadae Lawrence took gold in the discus with Knibb third, he said, "so they have done well at NCAAs and we want them to do well at the World Championships and the Olympics but I'm not saying they can't medal but be patient with then and see what sort of resources can be put in place to keep them training because if we can do that, we can dominate."
Lawrence, a sophomore at Kansas State University, and Knibb have been swapping the national discus record this season. Their respective personal bests of 62.59 and 62.73 metres are longer than the qualifying mark for the 2017 World Championships. Dodd, Knibb and Lawrence and Dodd all competed for Jamaica at the Olympic Games last year in Rio di Janeiro.