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Jamaica's Julian Robinson awarded coach of the year

Friday, November 16, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica's throwing coach Julian Robinson has been awarded the North America, Central America and the Caribbean (NACAC) Track and Field Association Coach of the Year.

According to a release, Robinson is responsible for the world's best discus thrower in 2018, Frederick Dacres; helping the athlete multiple titles including the world number one status this year.

Robinson is said to have spent the last 10 years bringing Jamaica and by extension regional throwing to a new level.

Dacres started off the year by winning the Commonwealth Games title, later adding the NACAC accolades before beating the world to claim the Diamond League and Continental Cup crowns. He is also NACAC's Male Athlete of the Year.

Traves Smikle, another athlete coached by Robinson, was also in the mix. He took silver at both Commonwealth Games and NACAC Senior Championships. He was also the bronze medal winner at the CAC Games, the release said.

At the Junior level, Robinson is also responsible for the gold medal success of Kai Chang, who won the World U20 discus title. Additionally, Zackery Dillon Carifta U17 shot put and discus titles added to Robinson's 2018 achievements.

"I am honoured and humbled," Robinson replied when asked to comment on being named NACAC Coach of the Year.

"It says a lot about the advancement of the throws in Jamaica and NACAC region," he added.

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