Traves Smikle pips teammate Dacres to national discus title

By June 22, 2019
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Traves Smikle beat his training partner and world number-one Federick Dacres to Jamaica’s National Discus title on Saturday night inside the National Stadium in Kingston. 

Smikle led from his first throw, getting the discus out to 63.66 metres, a distance Dacres, who has thrown over 70 metres this season, would not match.

Smikle, who was winning his third national title, following wins in 2011 and 2012, would increase the distance to land a best throw of 64.50 metres.

Dacres would end with a best of 63.49, well below his best, while another former Calabar High School standout, Chad Wright, who threw 60.66 metres.

With the World Championship qualification standard set at 65 metres, barring injury, both men will be on the plane to Qatar come September.

Smikle has thrown 67.57 this season already.

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