King of the Ring
Dacres breaks national discus record again with 68.88m throw
FEDRIC Dacres broke his national discus record with a throw of 68.88 metres at the 12th staging of the King of the Ring Development Meet held at the Excelsior High School yesterday.
Dacres, who broke the national record last month (January 21, 2017) on this very same ground, threw brilliantly to break the record of 68.67 metres he produced on his third throw to win the event.
The former Calabar student threw 67.10 on his second throw and went all out with the third attempt as loud cheers rang out.
Dacres said he was very pleased with his performance.
“This record throw was the way I used to throw the discus when attending school, so I decided to return to this method, and it paid off nicely,” beamed Dacres.
The 22-year-old said he is also feeling good physically and was also working very hard in preparation for other meets where he is aiming to throw 70 metres.
“This is another good throw for me as I have already gone past the qualifying distance for this year’s World Championships.
“Being the national record holder, it is also nice to compete in these meets to inspire other throwers who would like to lift their standard,” he noted.
Traverse Smikle, also a former Calabar student, was second with a throw 61.98 metres, with Chad Wright third with 58.50 metres.
Meanwhile, the men’s Javelin Open was won by Orlando Thomas of the University of Technology Jamaica (UTech) with a throw of 63.51 metres from teammate Ravion Ashman with 60.79m, and Elvis Graham of G C Foster College with 60.08 metres.
Kingston College’s Avel Denton won the high school event with a throw of 53.85 metres ahead of his teammate Donovan Thames (50.66), and Kirk Douglas of Wolmer’s Boys’ with 45.50 metres.
Roje’ Stona of St Jago High proved that he will be hard to beat in the Class One boys’ discus as he won with a throw of 57.30 metres. Phillipe Barnett of Excelsior High came second with 51.45m, and third went to Kyle Mitchell of Calabar with 50.11 metres.
Another good performance and leading throw was produced by Fiona Richards of Edwin Allen High as she won the Class One discus with a throw of 51 metres ahead of Gabrielle Bailey of St Jago (46.40m), and Tavia Ranger of Excelsior with 45.70 metres.
Ralford Mullings of Kingston College looked quite easy in the Class Three discus throw as he won with 41.25 metres, way ahead of the other competitors. Leonardo Newland of Wolmer’s Boys’ was second with 28.06m, and Kymali Blair of St Jago third with 27.97 metres.
Kimone Reid of Edwin Allen won the Class Two girls’ discus throw with 41.01 metres ahead of Marie Forbes of Vere Technical (40.11m), and Shania Scott of St Jago with 38.16 metres.