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Sports columnists pick Dacres, Atkinson

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Sports columnists Dalton Myers and Dr Paul Wright have both tipped discus thrower Fedrick Dacres and swimming sensation Alia Atkinson to win tonight's RJRGLEANER National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year awards.

Myers said that he expects Dacres and Atkinson to take tonight's awards quite comfortably.

"My picks are Dacres on the male side, particularly because of the many successes that he had on the circuit last year, and also Atkinson on the female side," said Myers.

"I think these, to be very honest with you, are safe bets. The others have done well, but these two have consistently performed well throughout the year from very early during the season," he said.

 

NO CONTEST

 

Wright agreed that Dacres and Atkinson were head and shoulders above the other nominees and, therefore, they should win tonight's awards.

"I think Dacres and Atkinson are the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively. There is no contest there," said Dr Wright.

"This is easy because you must have world titles and beat the world's best (to earn the titles). Nobody else beat the world's best except these two people," he said.

Dacres won the gold in the discus throw at last year's Commonwealth Games before beating the world at the IAAF Continental Cup. He also pocketed the discus diamond in the prestigious Diamond League Final in Brussels.

Atkinson's eight gold medals in the 2018 series took her lifetime tally at the FINA World Cup to 68 gold medals, making her fourth on the all-time list of gold medallists.

She is expected to face stiff competition from Khadija Shaw, who was outstanding as the Reggae Girlz claimed a historic qualification for this year's FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

Shaw was the leading scorer in Concacaf with 19 goals.