Jamaica's Dacres wins discus gold in record fashion

By April 13, 2018

Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres set a new games record on his way to the gold medal in the men’s discus at the Commonwealth Games in Australia on Friday.

The powerful Jamaican threw a new record of 68.20m to win by more than four metres from his compatriot Traves Smikle whose best effort of 63.98m proved good enough for the silver medal.

So dominant was Dacres' performance than anyone of his six throws would have won the gold medal. The 2011 World Youth and 2012 World Junior champion opened with a throw of 65.55m and then followed up with marks of 66.09m, 68.20m, 67.14m, and 67.51 before closing with 65.00m to claim the title.

Smikle, who threw 64.69m in the qualifying round, was unable to match that mark in the final, however, all but one of his six throws were over 63m.

Apostolos Parellis of Cyprus, whose best throw of 63.61m, temporarily had him in the silver medal position, had to eventually settle for the bronze medal.

Dacres' win was Jamaica's fifth gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


Leighton Levy

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