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Dacres loves to compete with the best

Published:Saturday | July 8, 2017 | 7:00 AMHubert Lawrence
Fedrick Dacres in action in the discus final at the JAAA National Senior Championships.

Fedrick Dacres, Jamaica's best ever discus thrower, loves to compete with the best athletes in his event. That's the attitude he's taking into the London Diamond League this weekend and next month's World Championships. He's also heading for his double trips to London with a rich vein of form.

Before winning at the recent Stockholm Diamond League meet, he placed second to Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania in Hengelo and to Swede Daniel Stahl in Oslo. He isn't daunted by any of them. In fact, he relishes the prospect of throwing against them, Poland's reigning world champion, Piotr Malachowski, and the brothers Harting, Robert, and Christoph, who won the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medals respectively.

"Awesome field," he evaluated after winning the discus at the Last Chance Throwing meet inside the National Stadium on July 1, "and that's what I like. I like to be pressured, and I think I'm up there with themand so I'm just waiting to compete again."

Stahl has the best throw in the world with a distance of 71.29 metres.

Asked when he would next be in action, the Julian Robinson-coached University of the West Indies thrower reported, "I compete in the London Diamond League on Sunday."

 

GOALS HAVEN'T CHANGED

 

He and Robinson have their focus on the World Championships, and Dacres says their goals haven't changed.

"We keep doing what we've been doing all along," he outlined, "training and try to get consistently higher."

So far, his preparations have yielded a Jamaica record of 68.88 metres and has exceeded 65 metres in eight meets so far this season.

"We're loading again," he specified of the heavy training he is doing now, "so it's actually a work-in-progress."

His winning throw last Sunday was 66.90m.