Brittany Crew breaks Canadian shot put record, meets 2020 Olympic standard
Throws 18.69 metres for bronze medal at German outdoor meet
Brittany Crew set a Canadian record in shot put on Saturday en route to a third-place finish at the Hallesche Werfertage international outdoor track and field meet in Germany.
The 25-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., threw 18.69 metres to better the Canadian record she set in April and surpass the 2020 Olympic qualifying standard of 18.50.
Crew, who placed 18th overall at her Olympic debut in Rio three years ago, held the previous national record at 18.61, set on April 26 at the Virginia Grand Prix. While that mark also met the Olympic standard, it was achieved five days before the start of the qualifying period on May 1.
"I was in a boot for about two months. The strength came back fast but we're still working on the stability of the ankle," Crew, who plans to wear an ankle brace through this season, told CBC Sports.
Canadian record! 🇨🇦🙌<a href="https://twitter.com/BrittCrew?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BrittCrew</a> has once again pushed the limits with a new PB and Canadian record! She launched the weight at 18.69m, this morning, in Germany! 💪🔥 <a href="https://t.co/iKAKjRAmZb">pic.twitter.com/iKAKjRAmZb</a>—@TeamCanada
Two days before the competition in Germany, she placed third in a field of six at the Diamond League meet in Stockholm, where she turned in a best throw of 18.28 in wet and cool conditions.
'My ultimate goal this year is to throw 19.00'
In recent weeks, Crew has been working on the mental aspect of sport.
The Toronto resident will spend the next month at home before competing at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Summer Games, set for July 3-14 in Naples, Italy. Two years ago, she won gold at FISU with a best throw of 18.34 in Taipei, Taiwan.
Crew is also hoping to return to Diamond League action July 5 in Lausanne, Switzerland, ahead of the Canadian track and field championships (Montreal, July 25-30) and Pan Am Games (Lima, Peru, July 26-Aug. 11).
"My ultimate goal this year is to throw 19.00," she said. "I finally believe if I go to world championships [in late September] and have a good PB, feed off the energy [of the crowd], do everything I need to do and stay healthy I could potentially find myself on the podium. I've gotta shoot for that."
With files from CBC Sports