National Sportsman of the Year Fedrick Dacres secured Jamaica’s first gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Tuesday with a comfortable victory in the men’s discus.
Dacres, the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion, took the victory with an effort of 67.68m to set a new championship record.
The 25-year-old eclipsed the previous championship record of 67.32m set by Cuba’s Luis Delis, 36 years ago at the 1983 games in Caracas, Venezuela.
From left to right, bronze medalist Reginald Jagers of the USA, gold medalist Fedrick, Dacres of Jamaica and silver medalist Traves, Smikle of Jamaica celebrate after the men’s discus throw competition.
It was a one-two finish for Jamaica as national champion Traves Smikle finished second for the bronze medal with a throw of 65.02m achieved on his fifth throw when he was fourth.
Reginald Jagers of the USA claimed the bronze medal with a throw of 64.48m.
Dacres had four throws beyond 65m during the competition, each of which would have won him the gold medal.
The two medals secured in the men’s discus pushed Jamaica’s tally to four (one gold, two silver, and a bronze).
Boxer Ricardo Brown secured Jamaica’s first medal by advancing to the semi-finals of the super heavyweight (91+) division. He eventually lost his semi-final clash against Colombian Salzedo Codazzi on July 30. Codazzi won by unanimous decision, scoring a 30-27 win.
Yona Knight-Wisdom delivered a historic feat to earn the country’s second medal, a silver in the one-metre springboard diving competition on August 1.