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Mitton wins Commonwealth gold

Updated: Aug 3, 2022

Former Windsor Lancer Sarah Mitton won gold in the women's shot put at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

Courtesy: Brett Lumley Facebook
Sarah Mitton with Windsor Lancers Associate Head Coach Brett Lumley

The 26-year old won the event on her last throw of the night that went a winning 19.03 metres.

Danniel Thomas-Dodd of Jamaica set the bar high on her third attempt throwing a distance of 18.98 metres.

Mitton got stronger as the event progressed. She hit 17.83 on her fourth attempt and 18.29 on her fifth. The Brooklyn, Nova Scotia native was in 3rd place heading into her final throw.

Her personal best outdoors is a national record 20.33 metres at the Canadian Championships in June in Langley, B.C. Her indoor record is 19.16 metres in February at the Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge in New York.

The pic above shows Mitton with Windsor Lancers Associate head coach Brett Lumley who is serving as a men's coach for Team Canada. Former Lancer and 2010 Commonwealth gold medalist Jamie Adjetey-Nelson was part of a group that recruited Mitton to Windsor. He says she landed on campus as a multi-event athlete but Mike Miller, throws coach at the time, knew where Mitton belonged. "Mike Miller said, 'You can recruit her as a multi-eventer but she's gonna be one of the best throwers Windsor has ever had' and there it is. She's the best Canada's ever had."

Jamie adds that Lumley was the multi-event coach at the University when Mitton arrived. "Brett could have been like 'no she's a multi-eventer'. I don't know if him (Miller) and Lummer had a conversation but she didn't end up under Lummer's tutelage. She's a Commonwealth Games shot put champ. Not the heptathlete champ." said Adjetey-Nelson.

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