Jamaica's Fedrick Dacres wins silver medal in 'hardest discus final in history'

By September 30, 2019

Fedrick Dacres, the 2019 IAAF World Championships silver medallist, described Monday’s final as the hardest in history, adding that he felt the gold medal was within reach.

Dacres, 24, produced a throw of 66.94m to secure second place behind Daniel Stahl, the giant Swede, who won the global title with a throw of 67.59m.

 

“I know the gold was very close but if you watched the final, I think it was the hardest discus throw final in the history.

Dacres, who had a season-best throw of 70.78m this season only managed the one big throw in what was an otherwise poor series.

Besides his medal-winning throw which came in the second round, he was only able to deliver marks of 64.97m, 64.67, 63.50 and 62.85m during the competition.

He put down the performance to a challenging season.

"The season was up and down so I am grateful. I have been juggling a bit. I calmed down and got the silver tonight,” said Dacres, who said he was eager to return home to begin preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan next summer.

“Now, it is time to get back to the training because Tokyo is coming and it is quite early,” he said.

Dacres' silver medal brought to four the number of medals won by Jamaica at the 2019 championships. Long-jumper Tajay Gayle and 100m star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have each won a gold medal for Jamaica with the silver medal coming in the newly introduced 4x400m mixed relay. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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