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Maycock sets new junior national record in the discus

Bahamian youngster hoping to win a medal at this year’s world youth championships
  • Drexel Maycock broke his own junior national record in the discus this past weekend with a best throw of 54.14m. He will represent The Bahamas at the IAAF World Youth Championships, from July 10-14, in Donetsk, Ukraine. TNG FILE PHOTO

Guardian Sports Editor

Published: Jun 18, 2013

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About 10 Bahamian national records in athletics have been broken this year, and the latest feat belongs to 17-year-old Drexel Maycock who erased his own junior national mark in the discus this past weekend.

Competing unattached at the Jamaican Junior National Championships in Kingston, Jamaica, Maycock heaved the discus 54.14 meters (m) - 177’ 7” - to easily out-distance his opponents. He had just set a new junior national mark of 54.05m (177’ 4”) the week before, and has now bettered that mark with his 54.14m throw over the weekend. His nearest competitor, Demar Gayle, had a best distance of 50.68m (166’ 3”).

“Drexel has really come along very well since he first came to Jamaica last year,” said Maycock’s coach to the south Dr. Kevin Gwyn Jones yesterday. “He still has a few technical faults that we are trying to work through, but he has been very consistent in the recent weeks. I have no doubt that he is going to get closer to the 60 meters mark by the time the World Youth Championships roll around. He has the size, the strength and just has to continue to work on his technique. I’m quite happy with where he is right now.”

Only two Bahamian juniors have ever thrown over 50m in the discus – Maycock and Gerard Burrows, who originally set the junior national mark at 48.85m (160’ 3”) at last year’s Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ (BAAA) National High School Track and Field Championships. Maycock destroyed that mark, throwing 52.53m (172’ 4”) at this year’s CARIFTA Games, and has since broken that mark twice – 54.05m and 54.14m in successive weekends.

Burrows and Maycock finished fourth and fifth at this year’s CARIFTA Games, with throws of 50.30m (165’) and 48.21m (158’ 2”) respectively.

“Drexel really has the potential to go all the way. He’s a big kid and he’s progressing really well,” said his Jamaican coach Dr. Jones. “He’s still only 17-years-old so he still has two more years as a junior. He should be strong at the world juniors next year. The way I see it, he just has to work on the technical aspect of throwing. Once he does that, he’ll be fine.”

Maycock is in the process of completing his first year at Monro College in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. Due to exams, he won’t be home this coming weekend to compete in the BTC National Open Track and Field Championships, but was solidified as a member of The Bahamas’ 19-member squad for the International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Youth Championships. Those championships are slated for July 10-14, in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Dr. Jones is confident that Maycock could get up to the 60m (196’ 10”) mark by the time the world youth championships roll around. Jamaican Fedrick Dacres won that event two years ago in Lille, France, with a huge throw of 67.05m (220’). American Ethan Cochran won the silver medal with a personal best throw of 61.37m (201’ 4”), and Gerhard de Beer, from South Africa, won the bronze medal with a personal best heave of 60.63m (198’ 11”).

“I think that Drexel has really been getting more competition here in Jamaica,” said Dr. Jones yesterday. “He has been consistently over 50 meters. The sky is the limit for him. He’s very strong for his age, and I think that The Bahamas could look forward to great things from him in the future.”

According to Dr. Jones, Maycock is looking forward to the IAAF World Youth Championships, and hopefully winning The Bahamas’ first medal in the throws at a global event.

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