Smikle hands Dacres rare home defeat to claim National title

Sunday, June 23, 2019

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Sportsman of the-Year and world leader Fedrick Dacres suffered a rare defeat at home in the discus, while Danniel Thomas-Dodd retained her shot put title on day three of the JAAA Supreme Ventures National Senior and Junior Championships yesterday.

Dacres, who last week established a new national record of 70.78m at the Rabat Diamond League, had four foul attempts and could only register a mark of 63.39m, which placed him second to Travis Smikle who won with 63.66m.

However, this is the fourth time Smikle has defeated Dacres, both locally and internationally, and is certainly on the improve, although this was a below par display from Dacres.

So Jamaica will have two competitors at the World Championships as Smikle with a season's best of 65.57m in January achieved the qualifying mark of 65.00m.

Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games champion Danniel Thomas-Dodd regained her shot put title with a throw of 18.52m. Dethroned champions Lloydricia Cameron was second with 16.89m with Nayoka Clunis third with 16.34m. Both second and third are below the World Championships qualifying mark of 18.00m.

In the first final yesterday, Erica Belvit captured the women's hammer throw with 62.36m. However, Belvit is well below the World Championships qualifying mark of 71m and some way off the national record of 71.48 set by Daina Levy in 2016.

Nayoka Clunis was second with 58.87m with Devia Brown third with 50.97. Kadian Clarke was fourth with 49.64m.

The first track event was the men's 200m heats and there were no surprises as all the top guns safely navigated their way to the semi-finals.

National 100m champion Yohan Blake looked good as he won heat seven in 20.66 (2.1mps) ahead of Tyquendo Tracey in 20.88.

But it was Andel Miller who was quickest in the morning stopping the clock at 20.58 (-0.2 mps) in heat three ahead of Nigel Ellis who closed late in 20.91.

Favourite Akeem Bloomfield eased home in heat one in 21.29 (1.6 mps) as he and second-place Warren Weir had a lot in reserve, it seemed. Weir was clocked at 21.36.

Andre Ewers of Florida State University won heat two in 21.19 (-0.7 mps) and was fifth fastest overall into the semis.

– Howard Walker

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