Dacres anticipating good throw in London
Fedrick Dacres, one of Jamaica's best-ever discus throwers, loves to compete with the best athletes in his event. That's the attitude he's taking into the London Diamond League tomorrow and next month's World Championships. He's also heading for his double trips to London with a rich vein of form.
Before winning at the recent Stockholm Diamond League meet, he placed second to Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania in Hengelo and to Swede Daniel Stahl in Oslo. He isn't daunted by any of them. In fact, he relishes the prospect of throwing against them, Poland's reigning world champion Piotr Malachowski and the brothers, Robert and Christoph Harting, who won the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medals, respectively.
Dacres described the field as "awesome" during last week's Last Chance Throwing meet inside the National Stadium, where he won the discus throw.
"And that's what I like. I like to be pressured and I think I'm up there with them, and so I'm just waiting to compete again."
Stahl has the best throw in the world, with a distance of 71.29 metres.
Dacres and Robinson have their focus on the World Championships and Dacres said their goals haven't changed.
"We keep doing what we've been doing all along, training and try to get consistently higher."
So far, his preparations have yielded a Jamaica record of 68.88 metres and have exceeded 65 metres in eight meets so far this season. "We're loading again so it's actually a work in progress," he said of his current training regime.
His winning throw last Sunday was 66.90.