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Dacres gains new national discus record on appeal in Morocco

By PAUL A REID
Observer Writer
reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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Quick thinking and a keen knowledge of the rules of his sport resulted in Jamaica's Fedric Dacres setting a new national record of 70.78m in the discus throw at Sunday's IAAF Diamond League event, Meeting International Mohammed VI D'Athletisme in Rabat, Morocco, taking over the world lead as well as setting several other records.

Dacres' third-round effort was initially ruled a foul but was overruled on an appeal by the athlete, immediately after the competition. Luckily for him, the mark had been measured and it surpassed his previous personal best and national record 69.67m that was set in June last year by over a full metre.

An official had raised the red flag, nullifying Dacres's effort, suggesting he had committed a foul, but replays showed no infringements had been committed.

The mark was also a new Diamond League and Commonwealth record, the first discus throw over 70.00m on African soil and saw him shoot up 10 spots on the all-time list to number 19.

The former IAAF World Youth and Junior champion and current Commonwealth Games record holder has been in tremendous form this season with a string of good results, leading into this weekend's JAAA National Senior Championships at the National Stadium.

On Sunday after his appeal was upheld, Dacres moved from second place to first in the competition as well as the World Rankings, in both instances past Sweden's Daniel Stahl.

Stahl's season best is 70.56m set at the Doha Diamond League meet in early May.

Lukas Weisshaidinger of Austria was third on Sunday with a season's best 68.14m.

Dacres, last year's Diamond League champion and Commonwealth Games champion, led the competition after the first two rounds and before the successful appeal, had finished second behind Stahl's 69.94m which would have also been a meet record.


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