Sarah Mitton breaks her own Canadian record in the women’s shot put with the best throw in the world this season
With a scorching sun on the shot put circle and a wholesome group of fans cheering and hollering in support, Sarah Mitton showed up for her final throw at the Nationals on Saturday afternoon in Langley Township, Columbia. British.
Mitton spun powerfully, letting out a scream as she fired her final shot.
When he finally fell to the ground, Mitton knew she had done something special. The crowd did the same, applauding wildly.
After a length measurement, Mitton set a national record with a throw of 20.33 meters. It’s the longest pitch in the world this season.
« Over the moon. It came out of my hand and I knew the second it went it was a big one. It’s so good. I was super excited. And then I saw that it was well over 20 and I lost my mind, » Mitton says.
CANADIAN RECORD @MittonSarah did it. Throws 20.33 meters, crushing his own national record of 19.58. After a long measure.
Earlier this week she told me she had a 20m throw in her. And she did it to win the national championship @AthleticsCanada. @CBCOlympics pic.twitter.com/bjeHzTd45S
Earlier this week before the competition, Mitton told CBC Sports she felt a 20-yard throw was something she was capable of.
Whether or not that materialized at the nationals was a question mark, according to his coach.
« Honestly, I didn’t expect this here because she squatted down. She lifts very heavily. The other day she was complaining that her legs hurt, » Richard Parkinson said.
« She’s a redhead. A redhead. From Nova Scotia. She always surprises. Hard work. Lots of hard work. Years of hard work. It all comes together. »
WHAT A MOMENT.
20.33m, and the crowd goes wild.
Sarah Mitton puts the weight on the map of Canada. 🇨🇦
World No. 1 this year. @MittonSarah @ThrowsParkinson @runnerspace @TeamCanada @cbcsports @CBCOlympics @Devin_Heroux pic.twitter.com/6wNXu2dRJd
A day earlier, during practice, Mitton says she asked her coach to take a photo near the shot put circle.
« Yesterday my coach and I took a picture in front of the shot put board. I asked him to put the two in and I put the zero in, » she said.
The 25-year-old from Brooklyn, Nova Scotia has had a remarkable trajectory over the past few months.
In February, she broke the Canadian indoor record at an event in New York with a throw of 19.16 metres. That beat the previous mark of 18.81 set by Mitton’s sparring partner Brittany Crew in 2020.
And now she has broken her own national record, just a month away from the world championships in Eugene, Ore.
« I’ve been chasing 20 for a while since I hit 19. I’m pretty excited that it’s finally happened, » Mitton said.
« I really feel like I’m blossoming. It was really crazy to see how far I’ve come. Four years ago I was wondering if I would do this full time or not. It’s pretty crazy to be world number one right now. »