April 21st, 2024

Canada’s Sarah Mitton wins gold in shot put at world indoor athletics championships

By The Canadian Press on March 1, 2024.

Sarah Mitton, of Brooklyn, N.S., competes in the women's shot put event at the Canadian track and field championships in Langley, B.C., on Saturday, July 29, 2023. Mitton set a new Canadian record and claimed the gold medal in women's shot put a the world athletics indoor championships on Friday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

GLASGOW, United Kingdom – Sarah Mitton set a Canadian record and claimed the gold medal in women’s shot put at the world athletics indoor championships on Friday.

Mitton’s record throw, on her fifth attempt, measured 20.22 metres.

The reigning Commonwealth and Pan American Games champion from Brooklyn, N.S., had already clinched victory on her fourth throw, which measured 20.20, also setting a national mark.

Yemisi Ogunleye of Germany won silver with a throw of 20.19, while Chase Jackson of the United States claimed bronze with a throw of 19.67.

The 27-year-old Mitton had competed in four events leading up to the indoor championships, with her last resetting her national indoor record to 20.08 metres from 19.80 on Feb. 20 in Czechia. The result was the second-leading mark in the world entering these championships behind the Netherlands’ Jessica Schilder at 20.31.

Schilder finished fifth Friday with a throw of 19.37.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 1, 2024.

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