The Tucson Elite Meet wasn’t even on Sultana Frizell’s schedule a week ago, but coach Derek Evely liked what he was seeing in practice on Monday so much to ask, “Are you up for getting on a plane tomorrow?” Frizell was immediately on board, and Thursday night in Tucson she made the most of the last minute opportunity setting a new Canadian record with a sixth round effort of 75.73m to win the competition. Frizell’s previous record of 75.04m had also been set in Tucson back in 2012.
Frizell is no stranger to Canadian record setting performances, having now set nine new standards since 2008. With the current mark, she also reclaims a share of the North American Record with American Amanda Bingson who finished second in Thursday’s competition. The two athletes are now tied for 21st on the IAAF all-time list.
Sultana, now ranked second in the world this year, will compete again in Tucson on Saturday before returning to her training base in Kamloops, B.C. where she will prepare for a World Hammer Challenge competition in Marrakech, Morocco June 8.