Dacres takes discus gold, silver for Thomas-Dodd at Paavo Nurmi Games

By June 11, 2019

2018 Continental Cup champion Fedrick Dacres won discus gold on Tuesday at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland where two other Caribbean throwers produced podium-worthy performances.

Fresh off his winning throw of 68.10m at the Racers Adidas Grand Prix on Saturday, Dacres unfurled a winning throw of 66.74m to enjoy a comfortable win over 2016 Olympic champion Christoph Harting (66.01m).

Polish star Piotr Malachowski was third with a 65.99m effort.

Dacres’ compatriot Traves Smikle, who was fourth in his previous outing, was fifth on this occasion with what, for him, was a disappointing 64.31m.

Meanwhile, in the women’s shot put, reigning Commonwealth Games champion Danniel Thomas-Dodd had four throws over 18 metres but put one out to 19.03m for second place behind the USA’s Chase Ealey.

Ealey uncorked a 19.38m throw to take the gold medal.

2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott continued his upward trajectory this season with an 86.09m effort which was good enough to claim third place in the men’s javelin event that was won by Estonia’s Magnus Kirt.

Kirt took the event with a good throw of 88.32m. Germany’s Thomas Rohler finished in second place with 86.32m.

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Related items

  • Cheslin came through so much – Van Niekerk reflects on Springboks' 'amazing' Rugby World Cup triumph Cheslin came through so much – Van Niekerk reflects on Springboks' 'amazing' Rugby World Cup triumph

    Wayde van Niekerk says it was "an amazing inspiration" to see South Africa win the Rugby World Cup – especially as the team contained friends and family.

    The Springboks triumphed 32-12 over England in the final in Yokohama on November 2 last year to become world champions for the third time.

    Olympic 400-metre champion and world-record holder Van Niekerk says the players deserve all the accolades and sponsorship bonuses they have received for their momentous success.

    "It's been an amazing inspiration for not just myself but the entire country, and yet another spark for myself as a South African to want to achieve great things," he told Stats Perform.

    "I'm quite close friends with a few players and it's great to see how their lives have changed and the blessings and the sponsors and so on that are coming their way. It's amazing, it's well deserved and it's great."

    Van Niekerk is friends with several key South Africa players, including captain Siya Kolisi, and he is a cousin of Cheslin Kolbe.

    Kolbe battled back from injury in time to play against England and went on to score the final try of the match, capping a terrific 2019 that saw him nominated alongside eventual winner Pieter-Steph du Toit for World Rugby's Player of the Year award.

    Van Niekerk recalled: "Thinking back to Cheslin's final try: he's come through so much, moving to France, thinking that he wouldn't make the SA team, and just wanting to go and enjoy his rugby and then getting selected for the World Cup.

    "The final try was amazing but let's be honest, his entire tournament, I feel like he was one of the players of the tournament and one of the highlights of the Rugby World Cup.

    "I think it's such a blessing and such an amazing blessing to be associated with such great people, like Siya and Cheslin, it's lovely to be associated with them and draw off of them and use them as inspiration for myself, coming back from injury and wanting to do great things for my country the way they did."

  • Pearson Jordan was third Barbadian athlete to die in the past month - Barbados Athletics Pearson Jordan was third Barbadian athlete to die in the past month - Barbados Athletics

    When Barbadian OIympian Pearson Jordan died last Saturday, March 28, from COVID-19, he was one of three sportsmen from that country to have died in the past month.

  • COVID-19 set to change Athletics for the next five years - Boldon COVID-19 set to change Athletics for the next five years - Boldon

    The impact of the Tokyo 2020 postponement, as well as others means track and field athletes can look forward to a tough four years to come, so says former Trinidad & Tobago sprinter and Olympic medallist Ato Boldon.

    According to Boldon, the movement of the Olympics to the Summer of 2021 is likely to push the World Championships to 2022, sparking a domino effect on other major games.

    “It means that we may be in for four championship years in a row. We know that the summer Olympics are going to be in 2021. I think they are going to push the World Championships over to 2022 which means that it then conflicts with the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup, and then we get back on stream with the regular schedule of 2023 World Championships and 2024 Olympics in Paris,” said Boldon.

    These movements, Boldon believes, won’t reset the athletic calendar for another five years, but sees no real alternative to the unprecedented action of putting an Olympics in an odd year.

    Boldon has an interest in what the next few years of athletics holds as the coach of rising star, Briana Williams.

    Williams was set to contest for a place in her first Olympics and in a recent SportsMax.tv interview, Boldon said the delay was good for his athlete, who would have a year to get stronger.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.