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EY’s Brittany Crew caps shot put season with gold medal in Taiwan

Brittany Crew talks about her gold medal performance in Taiwan -SCREEN CAPTURE

Brittany Crew talks about her gold medal performance in Taiwan -SCREEN CAPTURE

East-York raised women’s shot put sensation Brittany Crew capped a stellar outdoor season in the event by winning the gold medal at the Summer Universiade (World University Summer Games) meet in Tapei, Taiwan on Sunday, August 27.

Her winning distance of 18.34 metres was just shy of her Canadian record heave of 18.47, which she threw in repeating as the Canadian champion in the sport in July.

Earlier this month, the former student at R.H. McGregor Elementary School and Cosburn Middle School  also made history when she became the first-ever Canadian to qualify for the finals at the World Championships in London, England.

Her throw of 18.21 in London was short of the podium but further raised her world standing in the sport, in which she had been ranked eighteenth just over a year ago, prior to her appearance at the Rio Olympics, to sixth overall.

Beaming yesterday in a video interview with U Sports Team Canada, an organization that supports university athletes in competitions, Ms. Crew, who is a member of the SISU Throws Club that works with shot put, discus and javelin athletes, said she was thrilled “to end the season with a bang.”

Thanking her support team and teammates from SISU as well as coach Richard Parkinson in the interview, she noted that “this is why I gave it all I’ve got on the world stage so far.”

Posting on social media later she added that “bringing home the gold medal … is such an honour.  What an end to an amazing season!”

Given that most world-class competitors in the sport don’t peak until their late twenties, it would seem likely that a lot more amazing years lie ahead for her.

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