Jamaica's Dacres wins first Diamond League event in Stockholm
Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres won his first Diamond League event on Sunday when he unleashed a throw of 68.36m to win the men’s discus in Stockholm. The 23-year-old Jamaican turned the tables on Sweden’s Daniel Stahl who was second with a beastly 68.13m. The Swede had defeated Dacres in Oslo on Thursday with a mark of 68.06 to Dacres’ 67.10.
This time it was Dacres’ turn to lead the standings getting the better of a field in which the top five men went beyond 66 metres.
Reacting to his first Diamond League win, Dacres believes the winning mark which is tied for third best in the world this year, could have been better.
“It was pretty windy but it was okay. I came out and I executed my technique wel,” said Dacres whose early season throws of 68.88m and 68.76m are the two best in the world this year. “I wanted a big throw but I was okay with 68. I was stable on 67 so I am thankful. I was given an awesome reception. The crowd was lively and I could hear the Jamaicans in the crowd - I love their vibe.”
The 2011 World Under-18 champion and 2012 World Under 20 champion is hopeful that now that he is making a mark on the world stage his home country that is obssessed with sprinting, will begin to pay closer attention to its throwers.
“Jamaica is known for sprints and speed so to have a big strong thrower is not really our thing but hopefully I can help,”said Dacres whose worst throw of the series was 64.90m. Three of his other five throws were beyond 67 metres. “It is great to compete with the big guys and these are who I have looked up to.”
Third was Lithunia’s Andrius Gudzius whose best throw on the day was 67.29m. Olympic champion Robert Harting of Germany produced a season best of 66.20 for fifth.
Dacres is scheduled to return to Jamaica on Tuesday to continue to prepare for Jamaica’s national championships that begin next weekend.