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Brittany Crew sets another record in repeating as Canadian shot put champion

Video screen capture of championship meet record throw by Brittany Crew 170709 -TWITTER, SISU CLUB

Video screen capture of championship meet record throw by Brittany Crew 170709 -TWITTER, SISU CLUB

With one Canadian senior women’s outdoor shot put record already in her pocket from earlier this year, East York-raised Brittany Crew came up strong on Sunday July 9 to throw a 18.38-metres toss to hold onto her title as Canadian Champion for the sport and set a new record for the event.

The win came at the Athletics Canada Canadian Track & Field Championships meet in Ottawa, where at a ceremony this weekend Ms. Crew was also presented by the sport’s governing organization with the Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy for winning University Athlete of The Year honours for 2016.

While Sunday’s hurl was not her best-ever throw, it was enough to oust American Julie Labonte as the record holder at a Canadian championship event, which distinction the U.S. hurler had achieved with a toss of 18.12 metres way back in 2011.   Crew won her first Canadian championship exactly one year ago to the day, which also qualified her for a trip to last year’s Rio Olympics.

Although last year’s championship toss was short of Labonte’s old record throw, on May 18 of this year, as we reported then, Crew easily beat Labonte’s mark and established a new Canadian record for the sport at a meet in Tuscon, Arizona.  She then went on to top her own record on May 20 with a personal best throw of 18.58 metres —also improving her world ranking to eighth overall.

The 23-year old, who attended R.H. McGregor Elementary School and Cosburn Middle School growing up in East York, has been taking women’s shot put by storm ever since her university days.

Brittany Crew promotional shot -SISU THROWS CLUB

Brittany Crew promotional shot -SISU THROWS CLUB

Now throwing for the SISU Throws Club, while attending York University as a junior she had swept the national U-Sport (then Canadian Interuniversity Sports) championships in 2016 and had set national and provincial junior records, while also winning recognition as a finalist for that organization’s 2015-16 Athlete Of The Year.  She also won a bronze medal at the World University Games in South Korea in July of 2015, as we reported at the time.

All that was achieved after, as we reported in May of 2015, coming back from injuries sustained during the months leading up to the 2015 world university meet and again before the 2016 Canadian national championships.

Crew’s accomplishments are all the more remarkable because she is somewhat shorter and several years younger than the norm for top world-class performers in the event —competitors usually peak in their late twenties.

At last year’s Rio Olympics, although she failed to qualify for the finals, Crew came within a quarter-metre of doing so and improved her overall ranking in the world from thirtieth to eighteenth prior to cracking the top ten with her Tuscon accomplishments this spring.

It can be expected that the now two-time Canadian champion will also compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

-Gary Webb-Proctor

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