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O’Dayne Richards is Jamaica’s National Indoor shot put Record, setting the new mark at 20.68 metres.

Richards, throwing the implement in a meet in Prague, the MVP athlete, moved his personal best from 19.93 to better than the 20.62 metres set by Dorian Scott.

Richards has been on the improve in the early season, throwing the shot put 19.89 metres outdoors at the Central Hurdles and Relays meet, before moving that mark 19.98 at the Queen’s Grace Jackson Meet just a week ago.

According to Richards, the big jump in performance is down to hard work and he is hoping it continues to pay off with even bigger marks on the horizon.

“I have been working real hard and this is another milestone and hopefully things will get better as the season goes on,” he said.

Richards’ early season form is promising because the 2015 World Championships silver medallist wants to go one step further at this year’s event in Doha, Qatar in September.

“I am going for the gold, but I want to be patient and ,hopefully, with God’s guidance, I achieve my goal,” he said.

Outdoors, Richards is also the best the island has to offer, enjoying the national record of 21.96 metres.

Source: Paul-Andre Walker

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