Athletics

Dacres Wraps Up Diamond Trophy, U$50,000 Bounty

Fedric Dacres wrapped up his best season as a senior athlete yesterday by winning the IAAF Diamond League trophy and the US$50,000 prize after winning the event on the second day of the two-day Van Damme Memorial in Brussels, Belgium, the final Diamond League meeting of the season.

The Commonwealth Games record holder and former world number one up to a week ago, threw 68.67m to win, exactly a meter shy of his personal best and national record mark set in June in Stockholm, Sweden.

Meanwhile, Aisha Praught set a new national record in the 3,000m steeplechase, as despite finishing in eighth place in 9 minutes, 14.09 seconds, she chopped over five seconds off her two-year-old record while Yohan Blake ran a season’s best 9.94 seconds (0.3m/s) to finish third in the men’s 100m.

Dacres, the NACAC record holder, was the man of the moment as he became the first Jamaican to win a Diamond trophy in a throwing event, winning four of five discus events in the series after also finishing on top in Rome, Stockholm, and Paris.

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Edited by Robin Elliston

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