LONDON, England — Olympic Games shot put finalist Dorian Scott has saluted the work being done by Calabar High throws coach Julian Robinson in lifting the standard of the event at the junior level in Jamaica.
Just after his historic 10th place in the shot put final on Friday night at Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London, Scott said he "couldn't be more proud of the work Julian is doing with his group".
Scott threw one of his best-ever distances — 20.61m — in the finals to place 10th after qualifying in 11th place from the morning's preliminaries and said the success of World Youth and World Junior discus champion Fedrick Dacres and World Youth bronze medallist Traves Smikle, his Olympic teammate, has inspired him.
"I feel pressured by Dacres and Traves," he told reporters. "These guys are making moves on the world stage and you feel like you got to go out there and keep it going."
As much as he is excited by the talent he sees in Smikle, Scott says that Smikle keeps reminding him that Dacres, who three weeks ago won the World Junior Championships gold in Barcelona, Spain, was even better.
"Traves is here and we have been working together for a month now. The kid's amazing and the whole time he is saying Dacres is better; it just makes me excited," said Scott, who just completed his first year as throws coach at San Diego State.
He managed to sign his first Jamaican athlete, Kellion Knibb, who broke the National Junior Record for the discus when she threw 51.02m to finish second at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Trials behind Allison Randall.
That throw also saw Knibb breaking the record held since February by Edwin Allen's Tara Sue Barnett.
"I feel so proud, I feel like I am a part of the tradition," said Scott.