Dacres out to create history
National discus throw record holder Fedrick Dacres says he is out to create more history for Jamaica when he competes in the IAAF World Championships in London and the World University Games in Chinese Taipei next month.
"I want to be a part of history because, if I win, I'd be the first Jamaican to actually win the discus event," he said. "So, I'm actually aiming to come up with the victory and we'll see what happens then. Even at the World Championships, I'd like to be the first Jamaican to actually win. I have a lot on my mind, but I have to keep calm and pull through."
Dacres said that his extensive competitive schedule this year, which has seen him competing locally and internationally, in the IAAF Diamond League, does take a toll on him, but not to the point where it will affect his performance.
"An athlete is an athlete when all is said and done, so, of course, travelling and going from time zone to time zone and all that will have its negative and positive effects," he said. "But, for me, because I have insomnia, it doesn't really affect me as much as it would affect a normal person who has a regular sleeping pattern. It does affect me because it drains me a bit, but I adapt to the conditions. It has its ups and downs."
He said that he will be less competitive after the University Games, but it will not necessarily mean he will be in full relaxation mode.
"(After the World University Games) it's back to training. I can't say I'll cool it down because it's back to school," Dacres joked. "It's my last year, so I'm just trying to finish strong."
Dacres, whose national record stands at 68.88m, is enjoying the best form of his career so far this year, having set the national record twice in a matter of weeks. He is also currently ranked second in the world.