Federick Dacres had set a goal of throwing far this week. He delivered in Prague on Tuesday with 68.35m.
He delivered again in Rome on Thursday when he unleashed a throw of 68.51m to convincingly win his 2018 Diamond League opener.
The mark was the sixth best throw in the world this year pushing his 68.35m in Prague to seventh. The powerfully built Jamaican now has four of the top 10 throws in the world this year.
Dacres opened with 66.69m but that was soon eclipsed by world champion Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania, who uncorked a throw of 68.17m to lead. However, Dacres brimming with confidence from his win in Prague, bettered the Lithuanian’s mark with his next throw, 68.51m, to take the lead for good.
Gudzius followed with 65.03m while Dacres produced a final mark of 65.68m.
Iran’s Ehsan Hadadi picked up the bronze medal with his best mark of 65.93m.
Dacres missed out on the meet record of 68.78m set by Piotr Malachowski that was set in 2010 but he was content with the win.
“My technique was on today even though I was tired,” he said afterwards. “It was a nice condition, now I will go back home.”
With the 2018 Commonwealth Games title and Thursday’s win behind him, Dacres said he has some other goals in mind.
“My aim for this year is to improve my PB again,” said the man who already has the world-leading throw of 69.83m set in Kingston in January.
“And, regarding the Diamond League, I guess nobody honestly competes in the DL and does not try to win it. So I also would like to win it.
“Over the years, I have been getting better and better, learning from the other throwers. I think that my technique is a mixture of Malachowski’s, Harting’s and Hadadi’s techniques. I tried to build my own technique from bits of theirs.”
Source: Leighton Levy|| SportsMax