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Dacres, Smikle World Champs discus finals qualification historic for Jamaica


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Both Fedrick Dacres and Traves Smikle advanced to the final of the Men discus event at the IAAF World Championships in London a short while ago.

This is the first time in history that Jamaica qualified more than one man to the final in this event at the World Championships.

Dacres, who became the first Jamaican man to qualify for the final two years ago in Beijing, advanced from Group B with a best throw of 64.82 metres.

While Smikle, competing in his first World Championships, grabbed the 12th and final qualifying spot with his opening throw of 63.23m.

The 25-year-old fouled his final two throws while Dacres, who has the second best throw in the world this year at 68.88m, went over 64m on all three of his.

It is another milestone for the throws in Jamaica as just four years ago at the Daegu Championships Jason ‘Dadz’ Morgan became the first Jamaican to qualify for and compete at the World Championships. 

Jamaica is one of only two countries with multiple qualifiers to the final. Poland is the other.

The final is slated for tomorrow at 2:35 pm Jamaican time. Dacres is considered a serious medal threat.

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