World-leader Fedrick Dacres aims for 74-metre throw

By June 17, 2019

When Sweden’s Daniel Stahl opened his Diamond League season in Doha with three throws over 70 metres, he might have intimidated many rivals aspiring for a gold medal at this year’s IAAF World Championships at that very venue in late September.

Stahl had throws of 70.32, 70.49m and 70.56m in Doha on May 3, and in Stockholm on May 30, had a foul called on a throw that was well over 70m, validating a claim he made the day before that he had thrown over 73m in practice.

For Dacres, who threw a world-leading 70.78m in Rabat on Sunday, all Stahl succeeded in doing is to whet his appetite for a fight.

“You have two different kinds of people, you have people who see far throws and get kind of ‘enclosed’, but I like to see far throws,” Dacres told Sportsmax.TV after the Stockholm contest where he threw a season-best 68.96m to finish second to the giant Swede.

“It really makes no sense if there is nothing to chase. I am a chaser. I led last year but I do enjoy the hunt. I just need to beat a 73 man. Maybe he hasn’t thrown it yet but I have seen where he can, so for me that is where my head is, to get out to 73/74.”

The scary thing about Dacres this year is that he is not firing on all cylinders just yet. He underwent knee surgery in October 2018, coming off what was his most successful year as a professional. He was Commonwealth Games champion, NACAC Senior Champion, Continental Cup Champion and Diamond League Champion.

His recovery has slowed his preparation for what is going to be a long season. His coach Julian Robinson, wary of having his peak too early has deliberately reined Dacres with the intention of gradually building him up to full strength in time to unleash him in late September.

Dacres concedes that he is not yet close to where he intends to be later in the year.

“I think last year I was a better athlete in terms of my movement, but I think this year I am stronger so I think that if I can merge everything I think I can be a better thrower,” he said.

“The surgery has kind of set me back. The pain has subsided so it’s more of a mental struggle to get over that barrier to actually be reckless again, that is the real catch.”

With his 70.78m throw on Sunday, a personal best, a national record, meet record, Diamond League record and facility record, Dacres has only ticked one box for what he intends to accomplish this season.

“The main target is to medal at the world championships, but a personal goal for me is to get over 70 this year and I have seen where it’s possible and I just think I need to get my head together, and put in a bit more training and hopefully it will happen,” he said.

The 70m has happened in June and with more than three months to go, it will be intriguing to see what happens the next time Dacres flies into Doha.

 

 

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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