At the Sun Angel Classic yesterday in Tempe, AZ, Heather Steacy of Lethbridge achieved a new personal best in the hammer with her 72.16m. This gives her the Olympic A+ standard. Last season Heather won the NTL’s hammer throw title and represented Canada in the World University Games in Shenzhen, China and the World Championships in Daegu, Korea. She improved her previous best of 70.98m set in 2011 by 1.18m. This makes two Canadian hammer throwers to achieve the Olympic A+ standard of 71.50m. She may join Kamloop’s Sultana Frizell on Canada’s team at the London Olympic Games. Sultana ‘s Canadian record of 75.04m was set on March 16 prior to the qualifying period of April 1 to June 30. Sultana will have to throw over 71.50m again this season for selection to London.
Jim Steacy of Lethbridge, opened his hammer season with 74.66m. He is looking to regain his Olympic form of 2008 when he set his personal best of 79.13m. His 2012 mark exceeds the Olympic B standard of 74.00m but he will need the A standard of 78.00m to qualify for this summers Olympic Games in London. Jim won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in 2007 and silver medals at the World University Games in 2009 and the Commonwealth Games in 2006