Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres and Janieve Russell continued a golden run of form in recent weeks with convincing wins at the Athletics World Cup on Saturday.

Dacres, who has been prominent among the world’s best throwers this year, was the class act of the field and easily won the event. After opening the event with a mark of 64.00, Dacres threw the competition-winning distance of 65.32 in the second round.

In the end, no one else got close. Russia’s Victor Hogan was the closest, second in 63.73 but still well short of even Dacres’ first-round throw. France’s Lolassonn Djouhan was third with a distance of 63.48.

In the women’s 400m hurdles Russell was comfortable throughout the race before accelerating away from the rest of the field once she hit the top of the stretch. The Jamaican stopped the clock in 55.10, well ahead of second place Meghan Beesley of Britain who crossed the line in 55.90. France’s Aurelie Chaboudez was third in 56.23.

Earlier in the day there was less success for Nyoka Clunis who was eighth in the women’s hammer throw, with men’s triple jumper Jordan Scott just missing out on a spot on the podium after finishing in fourth place.

Source: Kwesi Mugisa