Fedrick Dacres stars in Zagreb with meet record
Fedrick Dacres was the only Jamaican winner at the Hanzekovic Memorial, part of the IAAF World Challenge, in Zagreb on Tuesday.
Dacres was a convincing winner of the men’s discus, one of five events in which a meeting record was set.
The Commonwealth and NACAC champion opened his series with 64.33m and was briefly overtaken towards the end of the third round by Austria’s Lukas Weisshaidinger, who threw 64.50m, but Dacres responded instantly with 65.11m to regain pole position.
Dacres improved to 65.21m with his next throw but saved his best for last, sending his discus out to 68.17m with the final attempt of the competition to break Lawrence Okoye’s meeting record from 2012.
Weisshaidinger finished second with 64.50m, while Mason Finley of the USA ended fourth with an effort of 64.21. Jamaican Traves Smikle was fourth with 63.75m.
Meanwhile, Jamaica's Kerron Stewart clocked 11.43 seconds for fourth in the women's 100 metres won by world silver medallists Marie-Josee Ta Lou in 11.05.
In the men's equivalent, Jamaica's Tyquendo Tracey clocked 10.18 to finish second behind Mike Rodgers (10.08) of the USA.
Jamaica's Stephenie Ann McPherson clocked 51.20 for second place in the women's 400m well beaten by Salwa Eid Naser, of Bahrain, who won in 50.54