Though he smashed his national discus record by more than a metreÂ at the King of the Ring development track-and-field meet on the compound of Excelsior High School on Saturday, Fedrick Dacres, said that he is not getting carried away with expectations for the upcomingÂ Commonwealth Games, taking place in the Gold Coast, AustraliaÂ in April.
Â âIt means nothing going into (the) Commonwealth (Games). It doesnât matter what you do outside, it is what you do on the day,â Dacres told The Gleaner.
Dacres threw the disc to 69.83 metres, smashing his previous mark of 68.88 he set around the same time last year. âAt this point it just means that I am getting better. I am taking one step at a time,â Dacres said.
His cautious tone may have come from his experience last year. Having broken the national record and was predicted to finish among the medals, he finished fourth at the IAAF World Championship in London.
His training partner, Traves Smikle, was second with a distance of 65.74m.
Several meet records were also broken on the day. Roje Stona of St Jago High School threw 60.00m in the Boys Class 1 event. Fiona Richards of Edwin Allen won the girlâs equivalent in a meet record also of 52.43m,Â while Olivia Marshall of GC Foster College broke the meet record in the Women's Javelin open, with a distance of 50.20m.