Morgan shatters nat’l discus record again
For the second time this season, Jason Morgan has shattered the
national discus record. This time he might have put the record to a
level where the rest of the world will also take notice.
Calabar High old boy tossed the disc an impressive 67.15 metres to win
the event at the Peak Performance Invitational in Monroe, Louisiana,
yesterday. The distance – a new meet record – ranks him third best in
the world this year behind Hungary’s Zoltan Kovago (68.21m) and Poland’s
Piotr Malachowski (67.53m). It was also the farthest anyone has ever
thrown in the state of Louisiana. Morgan’s previous best was the 65.61m
he threw on Good Friday at the Leon Johnson Invitational in
“Thank you, God Almighty. New meet
record. New personal best. New Jamaica record at the Peak Performance
Invitational. I told you God controls my destiny, not human. Thankful
and humble,” Morgan posted on his Facebook page after the performance.
He was equally as excited when he spoke with The Sunday Gleaner as
he sounded an ominous warning to the world’s best throwers. “Today is
only the start of what is to come. I am humble and thankful,” he said.
“I still don’t feel the way I am supposed to feel when I make a big
throw, but I am grateful for this performance because it is showing that
my hard work and determination are paying off.”
A man of great
faith, Morgan said prior to the meet, he prayed that God would give him a
preview of what is to come and He answered.
“He answered me with a 67.15m. I dedicate this to my real people, who never stopped believing in me,” he said.
addition to the divine intervention, Morgan said changing his training
cycle is also beginning to bear fruit. In this cycle that sees him
focusing on speed, Morgan aims to throw a personal best each month
leading up to the national trials at the end of June. He also hopes to
be able to uncork a 70-metre throw in time to coincide with the discus
finals in London later this summer.
At the rate at which he has
been progressing all year, he might just be able to get it done and
bring Jamaica its first senior medal in the throws at the 30th Olympiad.
who has been throwing against the odds of having no financial support
all season long, hopes to compete again near the end of the month,
somewhere around May 26 he says, before going on to New York for the
Grand Prix on June 9.