Friday 6 December, 2019

Dacres smashes 36-y-o Pan Am Record to win discus gold medal

Fedrick Dacres of Jamaica raises the disk in the men's discus throw competition during the athletics at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Dacres won the gold medal. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Fedrick Dacres of Jamaica raises the disk in the men's discus throw competition during the athletics at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Dacres won the gold medal. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Jamaica's Fedrick Dacres confirmed his favouritism by retaining his discus title at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Tuesday with a Games record of 67.68m.

Dacres, world-ranked No.2 and second on the 2019 world list with 70.78m, produced a solid series: 66.14m, 67.68m, foul, 65.02m, 65.07m and foul.

Dacres’ winning mark erased one of the oldest Games records (67.32m by Cuba’s Luis Mariano Delís from 1983), leaving his compatriot Traves Smikle in second place with 65.02m and USA’s Reginald Jagers in third with 64.48m.

From left to right, bronze medalist Reginald Jagers of the USA, gold medalist Fedrick, Dacres of Jamaica and silver medalist Traves, Smikle of Jamaica celebrate after the men's discus throw competition.

There was a third medal for Jamaica on the day as Tissanna Hickling finished third for the bronze medal in the women's long jump with 6.59m.' 

British Virgin Islands Chantel Malone took the gold medal with an effort of 6.68m (-0.3m/s). It was the first gold medal for the country at the Pan-American Games.

Malone, who has jumped 6.90m this season, took control of the event in round one, reaching the winning distance. USA’s Keturah Orji challenged her with 6.66m in round four but was only good for the silver medal.

The three medals secured in the men's discus and the women's long jump pushed Jamaica's tally to five (one gold, two silver, and two bronze).

Boxer Ricardo Brown secured Jamaica’s first medal by advancing to the semi-finals of the super heavyweight (91+) division. He eventually lost his semi-final clash against Colombian Salzedo Codazzi on July 30. Codazzi won by unanimous decision, scoring a 30-27 win.

Yona Knight-Wisdom delivered a historic feat to earn the country's second medal, a silver in the one-metre springboard diving competition on August 1.

 

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