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Brittany Crew breaks own Canadian shot put record to win silver at Montreal meet

Brittany Crew after setting another Canadian record on Feb. 10, 2018 -ATHLETICS CANADA

Brittany Crew after setting another Canadian record on Feb. 10, 2018 -ATHLETICS CANADA

\ By Gary Webb-Proctor \

East York raised Brittany Crew has achieved yet another milestone, raising the bar again for Canadian women’s indoor shot put as she prepares to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April and the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

At the 2018 Grand Prix d’Athlétisme international meet in Montreal on Sat. Feb. 10 she broke her own indoor record with a throw of 18.20 metres in round one of the international competition, Athletics Canada confirms.

That was good enough to capture the silver medal, with the gold going to Jeneva Stevens of the U.S., who threw 18.55 metres.  With Stevens now ranked #3 in the world, Ms. Crew must be considered a threat to reach the podium in any events she enters.

As we’ve reported on numerous occasions, most recently in our Jan. 15-Feb. 28 issue, Crew, 23, is the two-time reigning Canadian Champion in women’s outdoor shot put, already has one Olympic Games competition under her belt and was named to the Commonwealth Games team in early January, among several other honours she’s copped during the past three years.

The laurels also include being named 2018 University Athlete of the Year by Athletics Canada and winning a gold medal at the Summer Universiade (World University Summer Games) meet in Tapei, Taiwan last August, as we reported then.  Those following the Winter Olympics may also be interested to know that she’s previously competed in South Korea; it’s where she won her first medial in international competition, snagging bronze at the World University Games in July of 2015, as we reported at the time.

Although her toss Saturday was not as far as her outdoor record of 18.47 metres that she threw in winning the Canadian outdoor championship last July, it beat another Canadian record she had already set for indoor throwing in December.

The former R. H. McGregor Elementary School and Cosburn Middle School student turns 24 next month and, based on historical patterns in the sport, is still growing into what can expected to be her prime, which most competitors achieve in their late twenties.

 

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