When Athletics Canada announced their 46 athlete Commonwealth Games team destined for Australia’s Gold Coast this week there were two familiar faces on the list. Throwers Tim Nedow and Sultana Frizell are heading back to the quadrennial event for the second and third time respectively.
Frizell is a seasoned Commonwealth Games competitor being the two time defending champion in specialty, the hammer throw. As well, the Perth native holds both the Games and Commonwealth record in the event. Looking to disrupt Frizell run at a three-peat will be England’s Sophie Hitchon, bronze medalist at the Rio Olympics.
For Nedow, he will be looking to improve upon his bronze medal performance from Glasgow where he finished behind Jamaica’s O’Dayne Richards and New Zealand’s Tom Walsh. With Richards finishing 2017 ranked 6th in the world and Walsh winning the World Championship, Nedow will be in for a battle.
World and Olympic finalist Melissa Bishop and 2010 Commonwealth Games medalist Joshua Cassidy had both qualified for the team, but turned down their invitation to compete.
Competition is set to begin down under on April 7th where Nedow will compete in shot put qualification. Frizell will follow on the 8th for her qualification round. Finals are then scheduled for 8th (Nedow) and 9th (Frizell).