While by many accounts, shot putter Tim Nedow is a mild mannered man, this morning at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, the Brockville native showed he has a flare for the dramatics en route to winning his second consecutive bronze medal at the quadrennial event.
While a third round effort of 20.65m had Nedow nearing in on the podium, he sat fourth most of the competition. In fact, the five time Canadian champion slipped to fifth entering the final round after Nigeria’s Chukwuebuka Enekwechi leap frogged him into silver with a personal best heave of 21.14m in round five.Embed from Getty Images
Nedow was undeterred by the event, telling Athletics Canada, “I know what it takes to get a medal. I was pretty pumped up; I wasn’t nervous at all. I had to go for it.”
Went for it he did, using all the powerful levers of his 6’7″ frame to hurl the 16 pound steel ball out to 20.91m and cement his position on the podium.
“I’m pretty happy with that throw. I’m a pretty consistent guy, every throw is about 20.50 metres, but I knew this competition was going to be pretty strong. As you can see, second through sixth was all over 20.50 metres. I’m pretty happy with how that turned out right now,” Nedow told Athletics Canada following the competition.
Lions are back in action on day three of the athletics competition down under as Sultana Frizell goes for her third straight Commonwealth Games Gold in the hammer throw.