Fedrick Dacres
BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 27: Fedrick Dacres of Jamaica competes in the Men's Discus qualification during day six of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 27, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Fedrick Dacres
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Fedrick Dacres described his first Olympics appearance as “a bad meet” after his early exit on day 1 of track and field inside the Rio 2016 Olympic Stadium.

Dacres, who this season has marks well over the 65m qualifying standard, could only manage 50.69m on his final throw.

“It was just a bad meet for me, poor,” was how he summed up his Olympic Games exit.

“I don’t know, I guess I just have to (go) build and come back next year,” said the Jamaica champion.

The UWI student gave what he believed was the reason for the poor performance. “My hand was wet, so the wound (cut to the right index finger) was tender, and in the competition the finger burst open, and rain started falling, just bad condition, I just couldn’t bring it.”

Dacres came into the Olympics as the fourth ranked thrower with 68.02m. But according to him, “what you did before this doesn’t really matter, its what you did here and I couldn’t bring it here so, as I said, today was a bad meet for me.”

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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