Day 1 at the World Youth Championships in Lille-
Fedrick Dacres (JAM ) won the men´s discus throw by throwing a new world lead 67.05m. Dacres showed that there is more to Jamaican athletics than the Caribbean islands now legendary legion of sprinters.
The 17-year-old from Jones Town, an inner-city area in Kingston, took Jamaicas first throwing gold medal at an IAAF World Athletics Series event.
Any one of Dacres five valid throws would have won the competition. However, his winning effort – achieved with the last throw of the competition with the gold medal already in his grasp – put nearly six metres between himself and the best of the rest of world. It was one of the most dominating displays of Discus throwing seen in recent decades at a global athletics event.
Silver award went to Ethan Cochran (USA ) who threw his new lifetime best 61.37m and bronze went to Gerhard de Beer (RSA ) with also a new lifetime best of 60.63m.
Full results, all-time top list, world top list: click here!
Congratulations to all the young medal winners! Stay sharp and throw far!