Wright on!

Jamaican discus thrower achieves World Champs qualifying mark

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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CHAD Wright has achieved the automatic qualifying mark at discus for the IAAF World Championships in China later this year after he threw a season's best 65.03m at a meet held in San Diego, California on Saturday.


Wright becomes only the second Jamaican man to get the 65.00m automatic qualifying mark so far, behind former Calabar High teammate Fedrick Dacres, who is ranked number three on the IAAF charts with 66.40m.


Dacres, the IAAF World Junior Championships gold medal winner in 2012 in Barcelona, Spain, has two throws over 66.00m so far, both done at local meets.


A third Jamaican, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jason Morgan, is ranked number 11 with a season's best 63.52m.


On Saturday, Wright finished second in the event to India's Vikas Gowda and will move into the number six slot on the IAAF ranking tables.


Gowda, who won at the Jamaica International Invitational last time the event was included on the schedule, threw 65.75m, also his season's best after throwing 63.88m earlier.


Wright had just one throw over 64.00m on Saturday as he opened with 63.35m, then threw 62.53m in his second attempt before the 65.03m throw on his third attempt.


In the final three throws he threw 61.44m, fouled his fifth throw before finishing with 63.69m.


— Paul Reid


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