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Brittany Crew falls short of qualifying for Rio shot put finals as entire field struggles

Brittany Crew -Rio profile

Brittany Crew -Rio profile

\ Friday August 12, 2016 \

With a best throw of 17.45 metres in the qualification round for senior womens shot put at the Rio Olympics, East York’s Brittany Crew did not advance to the final round of twelve as the entire field of 36 struggled at the August 12 competition.

Although her toss was well short of the 18.06 personal best distance she achieved in winning the Canadian Track and Field Championship in the event last month, Crew’s throw, just over a ¼ metre short of the #12 position, was enough to place her eighteenth in the final standing for the prelim, for which she had come in ranked just thirtieth in the group according to lifetime best throw distance.

The top throw in the preliminary round, by Valerie Adams of the U.S.A., was just 19.18, well below her previous personal best, while other competitors similarly had distances well under what they had achieved in previous competitions.

The other Canadian entrant in the field, Taryn Suttie, for example, ended up finishing 28th, with a throw of just 16.74.  (Full results can be found on the CBC’s womens shot put page of its Rio website.)

Although she didn’t make the final round, Crew “has a gold medal in our hearts,” her grandfather, Darwin Bruce, posted on social media.

“To even get to go to the Olympics is a great honor, we love you Brit,” he wrote, no doubt echoing the sentiments of many who have been following the rocketing career of the 22-year-old who was raised and schooled in East York.

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