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Crew takes missing Olympic shot put final round in stride

As we previously reported, East York’s Brittany Crew didn’t make the finals in the Womens Shot Put competition at the Rio Olympics but did significantly improve her overall position in world rankings.

The 21 years-old East York raised athlete, who earned her berth to Rio by winning the Canadian championship in Edmonton in July, entered the competition ranked just 30th out of 36 entrants but ended up with the 18th best toss.

Brittany Crew with proud coach Richard Parkinson. -COURTESY

Brittany Crew with coach Richard Parkinson. -COURTESY

The entire field struggled during the preliminary round held August 12, with most of the competitors, including Ms. Crew, throwing well below their personal best distances. Her 17.45 metres hurl was just 1/4 metre short of the twelfth best toss to make the final round but over half a metre short of her personal best of 18.06. Even the top thrower in the early round only hit a mark of 19.18, low by Olympic standards.

In a telephone interview after her return to Canada, Crew said she was disappointed at her performance but not letting it get her down. She was busy getting ready to catch a plane to London, England, where she was scheduled to compete over the Labour Day weekend in an international competition there that offers prize money for top finishers, and was to follow that with participation in another event in Europe. -Gary W-P

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