Jamaica’s Dacres wins with meet-record throw in Zagreb

By September 04, 2018
Diamond League champion Dacres warmed up for this weekend's Continental Cup with a massive win in Croatia on Tuesday. Diamond League champion Dacres warmed up for this weekend's Continental Cup with a massive win in Croatia on Tuesday.

Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres warmed up for this weekend’s IAAF Continental Cup with an impressive win in the IWC Zagreb World Challenge meeting in Croatia on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old Dacres, who won the 2018 Diamond League discus title last week Friday, throw a new meet record of 68.17m to win the event by more than three metres.

The previous meet record of 67.25m was set back in 2012 by Great Britain’s Lawrence Okoye.

Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger took the silver medal with 64.50m with the USA’s Mason Findley third with 64.21m.

Dacres’ training partner Traves Smikle (63.75m) was fourth.

The Jamaican was the only Caribbean winner at the meet at which there were a number of second-place finishers from the region.

Jamaica’s Tyquendo Tracey was outrun by the USA’s Mike Rodgers, who won the 100m in 10.08. Tracey was second in 10.18s. Canada’s Aaron Brown finished third in 10.24s.

The Ivory Coast’s Marie Josee Ta Lou won the women’s race in 11.05s ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle Lee Ahye who crossed the line in 11.28s. Daryll Neita of Great Britain was third in 11.33.

Meanwhile, Bahrain’s new 400m star Salwa Eid Nasser was an easy winner in the one-lap sprint over Jamaica’s Stephenie-Ann McPherson. Nasser, who has only been beaten by Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo this year, took the race in 50.54, well clear of McPherson (51.20).

Lisanne DeWitte of the Netherlands was third in 52.30.


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