Historic moment for Jamaican throwers
Noted coach Julian Robinson believes this is a historic period for throwing in Jamaica. Speaking at the University of the West Indies, Mona on the weekend, Robinson said that for Jamaica to have Olympic team qualifiers in the shot put, discus and hammer throw is evidence of work done by the throws community over the years.
The javelin, he noted, is lagging behind.
Robinson, coach of 2015 Pan American Games discus winner Fedrick Dacres, was upbeat about the progress made by Jamaica in this area.
"It shows the work that we have been doing over the years is paying off," he said.
In 2012, Jamaica had four throwers on the Olympic team. They were shot putter Dorian Scott and Allison Randall, Jason Morgan and Traves Smikle in the discus.
At next month's Rio Olympics, the Jamaican contingent of throwers will include Dacres, Tarasue Barnett, and Kellion Knibb, in the discus, World Championships bronze medal winner O'Dayne Richards in the shot put and Daina Levy in the hammer throw.
They will comprise the largest contingent of throwers assembled by Jamaica for a major global championships.
In addition, Levy will be Jamaica's first ever Olympic competitor in that discipline.
Robinson noted that except for Levy, most of the qualifiers started their throwing in Jamaica. Even though the Rio squad will have no javelin throwers, he foresees progress.
"The javelin is not where we want it to be but we only started throwing the javelin, at least on the male side, recently and already we see Orlando Thomas from UTech making great strides and Orrin Powell of GC Foster."
"In another year or two I expect them to be getting closer if not surpassing the qualifying mark," he said.