Nedow hits world standard

Olympian Tim Nedow took another step on his way back to a global championship on Thursday, winning Mideast Invitational shot put at Widener University in Pennsylvania.

The 6 foot 5 inch Brockville native launched the 16 pound ball out to 20.72m for the victory, and surpass the entry standard this summer’s IAAF World Championships in London. To secure his position on Team Canada, Nedow will need to finish among the top two at the Canadian Championships in Ottawa.

At the same competition, Ashlea Maddex continued her recent string of success, winning the 100m hurdles over teammate Devyani Biswal with a time of 13.40 seconds. Maddex was also the victor over 100m and took second in the 200m.

Opening her season Saturday in Windsor was two-time Olympian Melissa Bishop, moving up to the 1500m much like she did in 2016’s season opener. The 2015 World Championship silver medalist took the lead at the 400m mark following the pace setter’s departure and never relinquished it, holding off Shannon Osika of the United States to win in 4:10.30.

In Arizona, Sultana Frizell extended her season’s best to 68.01m in the hammer throw as she finished fourth at the Tucson Elite Classic.