It was as simple as 1,2,3 or maybe just 1 for shot putter Tim Nedow as one throw is all it took for him to secure his spot in the Commonwealth Games final. Nedow, the defending bronze medalist in the event, unleashed a throw of 19.92m in the early hours of Sunday morning (Ottawa time) to make quick work of qualifiying.
The Brockville native will return to the circle at 6:30am on Monday morning (Ottawa time) for a shot at another Commonwealth medal. Nedow’s biggest competition should come from the defending champion O’Dayne Richards of Jamaica and New Zealand’s Tom Walsh who shattered Richards’ Games Record in qualifiying.
The news was less positive for sprinter Charifa Labarang who pulled up 50m into her 100m heat on day one of athletics competition at the Games. Following her race, Labarang took to Instagram to thank everyone for their love and support, declaring “Unfortunately, due to a hamstring injury the games are over for me. This is still an amazing learning and inspirational experience that I will cherish forever.” The University of Ottawa graduate had been scheduled to run the 200m and 4x100m for her native Cameroon.
Also on the sprint straightaway, Oluwasegun Makinde placed 36th overall in men’s 100m qualifiying with a time of 10.59 seconds. The Colonel By graduate will now shift his focus to the 4x100m relay which will begin Thursday night (Ottawa time).