Dacres keeps to the form book, follows Stahl into discus final

By September 28, 2019
Fedrick Dacres, of Jamaica, competes in the men's discus throw at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. Fedrick Dacres, of Jamaica, competes in the men's discus throw at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres just missed the automatic qualification mark for the final of the discus at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics on Saturday in Doha, Qatar but looked every bit like a medal contender. 

Dacres first throw of the afternoon, fell some 65.44 metres out, leaving him just six milimetres from automatic qualification but nobody else got as close over two groups, except for Sweden’s Daniel Stahl, who nonchalantly hurled the discus out to 67.88 metres to give himself an early day.

Qualifying with the third biggest throw was Australia’s Matthew Denny (65.08) and Romania’s Alin Fifirica (65.05). The four were the only athletes over 65 metres on a day when most people were not able to produce their best throws.

The other Jamaicans in the field, Traves Smikle (62.93) and Chad Wright (60.60), finished outside of the 12 qualification spots.

Also through to the final are Iran’s Ehsan Hadadi (64.84), Norway’s Ola Stunes Isene (64.54), Cyprus’ Apostolos Parellis (64.50) Lithuania’s Andrius GUDŽIUS (64.14), the United States’ Sam Mattis (63.96), Sweden’s Simon Pettersson (63.65), Germany’s Martin Weirig (63.65), and Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger (63.31).  

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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