Smikle, Dacres want better ring for National Stadium, disappointed with distances

By June 22, 2019
Federick Dacres (left) and Traves Smikle Federick Dacres (left) and Traves Smikle

Both new national discus champion Traves Smikle and national record holder and world leader, Federick Dacres, are disappointed with their showing at the national trials in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday. 

Smikle had won his third national title, throwing 64.50 metres to clip the 63.49-metre effort of Dacres but both blamed a poor discus ring for the less-than-stellar performances.

Both men have consistently been throwing over 65 metres this season but have found the National Stadium problematic.

According to Dacres, he has had to slow his rotations to make up for a ring that is slippery in the middle, taking away from the kind of momentum he can generate.

“We have been talking about this ring for a while. It is why we have never thrown well inside the National Stadium as you have noticed,” said Dacres.

“Today could have been a great day for us. Traves is feeling good and I am feeling good based on where we are in training,” he said.

“[The ring] is like glass. We drive hard, so we run to the centre, when we touch the centre, the foot slips away so there’s no traction to stop us,” Dacres explained.

“I would have loved if the metres were better. The surface area of the ring is not good,” said Smikle.

While Smikle also voiced the same sentiment as his training partner, he believes the slippery nature of the ring could help prepare he and Dacres for those occasions where the circumstances aren’t ideal.

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