Disappointed Dacres rues failed Rio throw
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:
Jamaican thrower Fedrick Dacres arrived in Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games with one eye on history but was left with disappointment after yesterday's performance in the men's discus qualifiers.
Dacres' 68.02m mark is the sixth best distance in the event this season but he didn't manage to get close, fouling on his first two attempts before landing the disc at 50.69m, his worst distance since 2012.
The World Championships finalist, however, explained that he was bothered by a cut on his throwing finger, which got worse as he slipped and had to use the affected hand to break his fall on his second attempt.
"At the start of the week (on Sunday) I cut or burst open my throwing finger, so that was the issue but overall today was just not my day," Dacres told STAR Sports after this competition.
"With the finger and my hand was wet so the wound was a bit tender (so it was difficult) to get the hand around (the implement). In the competition the finger bursted open and the rain started to fall, it was really bad conditions too and I was not able to bring it; it was really poor (from me)," said Dacres.
The 22-year-old said his mind is already focused on coming back stronger next season and taking what he can from this experience.
"I think it was just a bad meet for me; really poor, I guess I have to build and come back next year," Dacres said.
"I've been saying what you do before this doesn't really matter, it's what you do here and I couldn't do it here so I just have to move on."
Dacres was the third Jamaican to compete in the men's discus event at the Olympic Games after Traves Smikle and Jason Morgan's appearance at the London 2012 Games.
He was strongly tipped to become the first Jamaican to advance to the final in the event at the Olympics.