Pan-Am 'mock exam' For Dacres
The Pan-Am Games will be a World Championships 'mock exam' for Federick Dacres. That's the way Dacres and his coach, Julian Robinson, are approaching the men's discus throw at the Games this week. Robinson says his charge is building towards the World Championships.
"We are preparing for the World Championships, and for him, the things I am focusing in are technique and continued strength and power development," he said last week. Dacres is coming back from a mid-season injury to his throwing arm, but progress has been made. "Going into National Trials, he was not 100 per cent," he explained, "but we were building and we continue to build since the National Trials and he is progressing nicely."
Dacres, Jason Morgan, and Chad Wright finished first, second, and third at the Nationals last month. All three have qualified for the World Athletics Championships.
Coach and athlete are approaching the Games as preparation for the World Championships.
"I've said to him that he should treat it like a mock exam for the World Championships," the coach continued as he explained that Dacres' power level was back and that his technique was good.
The tall, lanky Dacres has already had gold medals from the 2011 World Youth and 2012 World Junior Championships safely tucked away. Coach Robinson describes him as a "big-time thrower". He acknowledged that well-prepared athletes sometimes fail but explained why Dacres does well at big meets.
"Federick helps the coach in that having prepared the athlete physically and mentally," said the man who has coached Dacres since his days at Calabar High, "he is able to fulfil his part."
"So I think that we have a decent shot at World Championships," he concluded.
The Pan-Am Games began in Toronto last week, with track and field athletics scheduled to start today. The men's discus throw will be contested on July 23.