Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, Olivia Grange says that, “Fedrick Dacres continues Jamaica’s rise in men’s discus by breaking the record he set at the Pan Am Games in defending his title.”

“Fedrick has been enjoying a fantastic run of throwing over these past several months as he followed up his gold medal performance at the Commonwealth Games last year with this record at the Pan Am Games.

“It was good that Traves Smikle took the silver, making it a Jamaica one-two in the men’s discus at the Pan Am Games, the same as it was at the Commonwealth Games.

Wonderful too that Elaine Thompson won gold, continuing the form she has been enjoying in the short sprint and that this was complemented by Natoya Goule copping the gold medal in the women’s 800 meters.”

The Sport Minister also commended Tajay Gayle for his silver medal in the men’s long jump and Tissanna Hickling for her bronze medal in the women’s long jump.

“Wonderful. Altogether, these have added tremendously to our Independence celebrations”, Miss Grange said.