O’Dayne Richards wins JA’s 1st shot put medal at World Champs

Jamaican strongman O’Dayne Richards added another achievement to his growing medal count when he became Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s first man to medal in the shot put at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships with a bronze medal 21.69m effort.

Richards’ heave also tied the national record mark that won him the gold medal at July’s Pan American Games in Toronto, and comes after his Common-wealth Games gold medal in Glasgow last year.

The MVP Track Club man surged into the lead after his third attempt, but was pushed down to third by Joe Kovacs, 21.93m, and David Storl, 21.74m.

Richards, who endured a rough early season, which, at one point, looked as if it was going to fall flat, was happy with his achievement, but admitted that he didn’t always believe getting on the podium was going to happen.

“I always had faith. I’m not going to lie, though, at times in the season, I felt that God wasn’t there, but I pushed through and held my head up and tried to do my best,” said Richards, who had some difficulties adjusting after increasing his strength work, which made him bulkier and slower this year.

“Who wants to be third? Third is a good position, and I’m happy for the other throwers. They did well and improved during the rounds,” he recounted. “I was trying to open up the lead and make it a ‘catch me if you can’, but they caught me and passed me.”

Richards was also hoping to better the 21.69m mark that he first set on his way to winning the Pan American Games in Toronto, and said he was determined to continue working hard.

He also hopes that his latest feat will inspire the next generation of Jamaican throwers and encourage a positive approach.



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