Last night on a crowed downtown street in Lawrence, Kansas re-minted Ottawa Lion shot putter Tim Nedow opened his 2015 season and began his march to Beijing. Finishing fourth, with a best effort of 20.52m Friday night, the Brockville native surpassed the IAAF standard of 20.45m and all but assured himself a spot at this summer’s World Championships in China.
Nedow, a bronze medalist at last summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, competed for the Lions throughout high school and his first two years of university before choosing to compete unattached as he finished studies at Chicago’s DePaul University and then moving to Kamloops to develop at the national training center.
Now training in Växjö, Sweden under the tutelage of world renowned coach Vésteinn Hafsteinsson, Nedow decided to rejoin the Lions den in January after a chat with former coach Darrin Reesal. With Friday’s throw, Nedow easily surpassed the former club record throw of 18.05m set by Brian MacPhee in 2004.