Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Rhythm never allowed Morgan to let discus fly
It just wasn't meant to be his day. That's the outlook taken by Jason Morgan who, despite being the first Jamaican to qualify for the discus at the Olympic Games, could not reproduce the promise and form shown throughout the season, with a modest best of 57.46m in discus qualifying at the Olympic Games.
The mark was not enough to get him into the final, but for Morgan, there are no regrets, only added motivation, as he remains determined to continue defying the odds and pushing himself to greater levels.
"This is definitely not what I expected and I am a bit disappointed, but at the same time, I am just happy that I was able to be here. Just one of those days that I couldn't get going. I felt a bit tight in my back, but no excuses. It just didn't happen the way I wanted it to," Morgan told The Gleaner.
Optimistic about future
He unleashed 56.25m on his first throw, 56.75m before his eventual best on the day; minor improvements throughout the series, but way off his personal best 67.15m, which is the current national record.
However, as disappointed as he may be, Morgan, an optimist by nature, is looking to make the most of this experience.
"It doesn't always go like we want it to, it's just one of those things. But in everything, I'm always thankful for where I am," Morgan said. "The experience has been really great and it's an honour not only to represent Jamaica, but the entire Caribbean being here, so it's an honour and I'm pleased to be here.
"I will take it one step at a time. I will continue to stay positive, push on and see what comes my way," he added, before assessing his three attempts.
"I think it definitely has to do with the tightness in the back because I was rushing the throws to make it flow the right way. I had a really good day two days earlier. I really thought I would hit 64-65m today but, as I said, it's just one of those days that it didn't connect. But no excuse, and I'm just thanking God to be here.
"I would break it down by saying, coming out the back I felt pretty good. I actually didn't feel like I was forcing it, but I just have to keep on working and move on from this," Morgan shared.