Dacres wants to improve on last year's success

Senior staff reporter

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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NATIONAL discus throw record holder Fedrick Dacres, eyeing the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, later this year, says he wants to build on the immense success he had in 2018.

“I'm grateful for last year, but I'm always looking to improve, always looking to be better than I was yesterday,” the 25-year-old Dacres, patron for the 2019 Guardian Group Keep It Alive 5K, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

The Jamaican thrower had a stellar 2018, culminating in him winning the national sportsman award in January of this year.

Dacres claimed the discus gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia with an event record throw of 68.20 metres.

He also secured the discus diamond in the Diamond League final in Belgium last year with 68.67m. His effort of 69.67m in Sweden made him Jamaica's record holder in the discipline.

In addition, Dacres won gold at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Senior Championships in Canada.

Dacres said he is feeling “in rhythm” after undergoing a surgical procedure on knee ligaments in the off season.

“I'm on a steady rise, though there was a setback because of the arthroscopic surgery. The early season was a bit shaky, but I'm feeling in rhythm and I see where I'm improving,” he told the Observer.

Dacres said accepting the role as patron for the Keep It Alive 5K races was a “no-brainer” for him.

“It's my first time as patron there, and when I was approached I was thinking it's really nice because I've known of it and it's a great cause. It was a no-brainer for me,” the rising track and field star told the Observer yesterday.

This year's Keep It Alive 5K schedule comprises a road race in Kingston, set to begin 7:00 pm on May 25, and another in Montego Bay to start 7:30 pm on June 1.

The money raised from the events is to be used to help hospitals acquire equipment that are essential for cancer treatment.

Kingston Public Hospital, University Hospital of the West Indies, Cornwall Regional Hospital, St Ann's Bay Hospital, and Mandeville Regional Hospital have been identified as the beneficiaries.

“It's charity and it's always good to give back and all. Unfortunately, I can't [participate] because I won't be in the country,” Dacres said, alluding to competitive engagements he has in Europe in coming weeks.

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