Sultana Frizell wins hammer throw gold at Commonwealth Games

By Lori Ewing

The Canadian Press

GLASGOW — Sultana Frizell spent her pre-Games training camp in Portugal working out in her bathing suit, throwing someone else’s hammers. Her bag had been lost in transit.

It wasn’t the perfect preparation the Perth athlete had planned, but she shrugged it off Monday night by capturing hammer throw gold at theCommonwealth Games, breaking the Games record three times in the process.

“I didn’t have my hammers or my throwing gear. Or underwear. For about six days,” Frizell, a member of the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club, said with a smirk. “That was fun. I threw in my bathing suit.”

The 29-year-old threw 71.69 metres to claim gold, but left Hampden Park disappointed that she didn’t come closer to the Canadian record of 75.73 she threw earlier this season.

“I’m very happy to win gold again and move the Commonwealth record a little bit further,” she said. “It wasn’t as far as I would have liked it. … I was feeling in good form and I thought I was going to do a little more today, but it wasn’t in the tank.

“But you know what? It was a great day.”

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