Jamaica’s Federick Dacres warmed up for his season debut in the Diamond League in Rome on Thursday with a confidence-boosting win at the Ludwig Danka Memorial in Prague on Tuesday.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games champion produced a winning throw of 68.35m to take the gold medal ahead of Germany’s Daniel Jasinski [66.59m] and Piotr Malachowski of Poland [64.84m].

The winning mark was the sixth best throw in the world this year.

Dacres, while satisfied with the win, was not happy with his performance overall.

He had marks of 66.59m, 63.68m, and 67.03m to go with his winning throw but he revealed to SportsMax.TV that he was aiming for better.

Federick Dacres
Federick Dacres
“It was a good day [but] I was just not hitting the points as I should so I never got the result I wanted, but I’m thankful for a 68m throw for a series opener,” he said.

The man who has the world-leading throw this year of 69.83m now heads for Rome expecting to do even better against a crack field of throwers that includes 2017 World Champion Andrius Gudzius, Olympic and World Champions, Robert and Christoph Harting, Daniel Stahl and Iran’s Ehsan Hadadi, who has a season best of 68.85m.

Source: Leighton Levy