Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres claims Diamond League title

By August 31, 2018
Jamaica's Fedrick Dacres Jamaica's Fedrick Dacres

Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres stamped his claim on being one of the world’s best by claiming the Diamond League discus title at the Diamond League Final in Brussels on Friday. 

Dacres, opening throw of 68.67 put the field under pressure from the start and he, in fact, never needed to go any further, as his biggest rival on the day, Lithuania’s Andrius Gudzius, who also had his biggest throw first up with 67.52.

Sweden’s Daniel Stahl, World Championship silver medalist from London a year ago, has the biggest throw this year at 69.72, which is better than Dacres has ever thrown. Stahl threatened to turn spoiler, but found, like everyone else, the conditions for throwing big, not the best.

Stahl failed to get anywhere near the distance he did five days ago and finished third with a throw of 66.74.

The United States Mason Finley was fourth with a throw of 66.09, while Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger was fifth with 65.66.

Olympic Champion, Germany’s Christoph Harting, was even further back with a throw of 65.13, while Poland’s Robert urbanek was seventh with 64.03.

Iran’s Ehsan Hadadi, who had been consistent in qualifying for the final, coming in with 22 points, only bettered by Dacres, was disappointing, and could only muster 63.48 to round out the field.

For his efforts, Dacres will receive a cheque for US$50,000.

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