Dacres wins historic silver medal in men’s discus
DOHA, QATAR - SEPTEMBER 30: Fedrick Dacres of Jamaica competes in the Men's Discus final during day four of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on September 30, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)

World silver medalist Fedrick Dacres was in excellent form at the weekend’s (8 Feb) King of the Ring Throwing Meet (See Full Results at this Link) in Kingston, Jamaica.

Dacres, who won his first global medal in Doha 2019, threw the discus 69.67 meters to take the top spot. The winning mark lowered the 68.84m he recorded in 2017.

Jamaica’s other two discus throwers in Doha, Chad Wright, 66.54m and Traves Smikle, 63.94m, finished second and third respectively.

Elvis Graham of GC Foster College was also in the record-breaking mood, throwing 72.64m to lower Orlando Thomas’Thomas’ 2016 record of 71.18m.
Zaavan Richards finished second with 63.17m.

Three records fell on the high school’s side.

Kingston College’sCollege’s (KC) Ralford Mullings set a new Class 1 boys’ discus record of 58.90m. Shakiel Dacres of Fervet with 58.73m also went beyond the old mark of 58.19m.

Alwayne Bedward, also of KC, topped the Class 2 boys’ shot put event with a new record mark of 18.47m. Calabar High’s Kobe Lawrence with 18.38m also went beyond Zico Campbell’s four-year-old mark of 18.15m.

Camperdown High’s 14-year-old Victoria Christie thew 12.83m in the girls’ U15 shot put. She beat the old mark of 11.59 set last year by Immaculate’sImmaculate’s Maja Henry, whom this year finished second with 12.12m.

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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.