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UPDATED: EY’s Brittany Crew improves on her new Canadian record for women’s shot put

Screen capture from video of Brittany Crew making Canadian record throw @ Tuscon Elite Classic 170518

Screen capture from video of Brittany Crew making Canadian record throw @ Tuscon Elite Classic 170518

Twenty-three-year old East York-raised shot put sensation Brittany Crew is now ranked as the world’s eighth best women in the sport after topping the Canadian Record she set on Thursday with an even better throw of 18.58 metres on Saturday, May 20.

Her hurl on the final day of competition for the sport at the Tuscon Elite Classic athletics meet in Arizona’s topped her record-setting throw of 18.47 metres on Thursday, which beat the previous record, set in 2011 by an American at a Canadian event, by .16 metres.

Athletics Canada announcement of naming Brittany Crew University Athlete of the Year.

Athletics Canada announcement of naming Brittany Crew University Athlete of the Year.

Crew, who attended R.H. McGregor Elementary School and Cosburn Middle School growing up in East York, has steadily climbed in world rankings since competing at last year’s Rio Olympics, where she improved her world standing from thirtieth to eighteenth despite not making the final round.  She had earned the right to make the trip by winning last year’s Canadian championship.

At this year’s Canadian Track & Field Championships meet, to be held in Ottawa in July, in addition to competing to retain her crown she will also be presented with the Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy at a ceremony honouring her being named in April by Athletics Canada as University Athlete of the Year for 2016 along with its other trophy winners.

-Gary Webb-Proctor, 170521, 08:30

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