Athletics

Dacres wraps up Diamond trophy, U$50,000 bounty

BY PAUL A REID
Observer writer
reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, September 01, 2018

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Fedric Dacres wrapped up his best season as a senior athlete yesterday by winning the IAAF Diamond League trophy and the US$50,000 prize after winning the event on the second day of the two-day Van Damme Memorial in Brussels, Belgium, the final Diamond League meeting of the season.

The Commonwealth Games record holder and former world number one up to a week ago, threw 68.67m to win, exactly a metre shy of his personal best and national record mark set in June in Stockholm, Sweden.

Meanwhile, Aisha Praught set a new national record in the 3,000m steeplechase, as despite finishing in eighth place in 9 minutes, 14.09 seconds, she chopped over five seconds off her two-year-old record while Yohan Blake ran a season's best 9.94 seconds (0.3m/s) to finish third in the men's 100m.

Dacres, the NACAC record holder, was the man of the moment as he became the first Jamaican to win a Diamond trophy in a throwing event, winning four of five discus events in the series after also finishing on top in Rome, Stockholm and Paris.

The leader with 25 points coming into the meet yesterday, he set the mark on his first throw as Lithuania's Andrius Gudzius was second with 67.52m and Sweden's world leader Daniel Stahl third with 65.59m.

Praught, a surprise Commonwealth Games champion, was eighth in 3000m steeplechase in 9:14.09 minutes, well under the 9:19.29 minutes set two years ago in Doha, Qatar.

Kenyan athletes swept the top three places with Beatrice Chepkoech winning in a meet record 8:55.10 minutes, ahead of Norah Jeruto in 8:59.62 minutes and Hyvin Kiyeng in 9:01.60 minutes.

Blake, the 2011 World Championships gold medallist, sped to a season's best 9.94 seconds (0.3m/s) to take third place as American Christian Coleman ran a new personal best and world-leading 9.79 seconds to hand his compatriot Ronnie Baker (9.93 seconds), his first loss in the Diamond League all year.

Jamaicans were third in both sprint hurdles events as Hansle Parchment was third in the 110m hurdles in 13.35 seconds (-0.1m/s) as Commonwealth Games champion Ronald Levy was seventh in 13.47 seconds.

Sergey Shubenkov won in 12.97 seconds ahead of Spain's Orlando Ortego, who ran 13.10 seconds.

Former world champion Danielle Williams was also third in the 100m hurdles, running 12.64 seconds (0.1m/s) behind Americans Brianna McNeal, who won in 12.61 seconds, just edging out Kendra Harrison, who was second in 12.63 seconds.

Shericka Jackson placed fourth in the women's 200m in 22.72 seconds (0.1m/s), as the impressive Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo won in 22.12 seconds, beating two Dutch athletes — Dafne Schippers in 22.53 seconds and Jamaican-born Jamile Samuel in 22.64 seconds.

Stephenie Ann McPherson was fifth in the 400m in 51.40 seconds as the impressive Eid Baser Salwa of Bahrain won in 49.33 seconds ahead of Americans Phyllis Francis in 50.51 seconds and Shakima Wimbley in 50.77 seconds.

A day earlier on Thursday, Commonwealth Games champion Daniel Thomas-Dodd finished sixth in the shot put with a best of 18.27m.

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