Travis Smikle, an unknown thrower until he launched an amazing 67.12m at the Jamaican NC that was also the trial of the Olympic Games.
He won the meet ahead of Jason Morgan (61.93m), the ruler of Jamaican discus throwing with a personal best of 67.15m (NR). Smikle, now just 20 years old, also broke the A-standard of the Games which makes it even more shocking. The fact that he just missed the national record by 3 cm shows the record holder Jason Morgan that he has a strong competitor beside him.
His development has definitely been classed as a “miracle”. Last year he threw 59.83m, at the same meet.
Discus, Jamaican NC 30 June
1 Traves Smikle 7 May 92 67.12 PB
2 Jason Morgan 6 Oct 82 61.93
3 Chad Wright 25 Mar 91 59.69
4 O’Dayne Richards 14 Dec 88 58.31 PB
5 Shane Dodd 2 Oct 90 54.41