Dacres ready for battle
Leading Jamaican discus man Fedrick Dacres is not getting ahead of himself despite attracting the praises of analysts all across the world following a number of high-class performances this season on the circuit.
The national champion is, however, confident that he can turn his form into a medal at this year's championship event and is looking to continue his improvements.
Dacres, who will compete in a keen contest with Daniel Stahl and Piotr Malachowski at today's Muller Anniversary Games - the London Diamond League, is responsible for the second, third and sixth-best distances in the event this season - 68.88m, 68.67m and 68.36m - leaving many pundits across the world to tip him as the favourite for the event at next month's IAAF World Championships.
However, Dacres, while looking ahead to today's competition, says he is not getting too excited by the results so far this year, knowing very well that he will have to produce the distances when they matter most, when he returns to London in a few weeks.
"It's going to be a great meet because the competition will be fierce. With Daniel (Stahl), who threw 71 metres the other day is in the field, it will be interesting, and we will see what happens," he said about his Diamond League clash. "It's a nice little back-and-forth thing with us. The most I can say is that Sunday's event will be interesting. I know he is a fighter and so am I, so it will definitely be fun.
"As far as the World Championships is concerned, for me, anyone can win, so the predictions don't make any difference in my head. On the day, I have to go there and perform. It's nice to know that you have people behind you and that they believe in you and all that, but on the day, anyone can win," Dacres added.
IT CAN BE DONE
"Can I win the title? I think it can be done based on the season, but we will see. I have to perform on the day," said Dacres.
"In terms of distances, I have been hitting the distances that I want, and in terms of consistency, I have been better than I even thought I would be, so it shows that I am in good form and, hopefully, something good will happen for the rest of the season," he added.
Dacres says he is looking forward to experiencing the London Olympic Stadium at today's meet and learning as much as possible ahead of the World Championships, which takes place inside the same venue.
"It's nice to have a pre-meet to see how the ring feels and adjust if you need to, so it's a nice experience and, hopefully, I can do something special here," Dacres said.