Kurt Roberts of Canton, OH will provide strong competition for Canadian champion thrower, Tim Nedow of Brockville, ON at the Jerome Track Classic in the shot put on July 10th. Kurt, the Ashland University graduate and 3x NCAA Div. II winner, who took the silver medal at the US Championships last week end, is ranked number 5 in the world this season. The 6’3” 300 pound shot putter has thrown the 16 pound missile 21.47m this year. Kurt may even have an advantage over Nedow, the De Paul University graduate as the American has a secret weapon. He is said to use this on the day of competition. Yes it is his ”game face” which is an amazing transformation from his normal demeanor.
I do no think this face will scare the Canadian. Tim, at 6’6”, 295 lbs. and 23 years old is training in Kamloops under the watchful eye of Dr Anatoliy Bondarchuk. Canadian record holder, Dylan Armstrong at the national training center, has mentored him as well. The De Paul University graduate has thrown a personal best of 20.98m this season and ranks 15th in the world.
Tim has been chosen to represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in a month. Tom Walsh of New Zealand is the favorite with a throw of 21.16m with Jamaica’s O’Dayne Richards close behind at 21.11m. Nedow is in the mix for the podium spot in Scotland.
Over 300 athletes from 21 nations will compete in the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic featuring the 60th Anniversary of the Miracle Mile presented by Northern Gateway on July 10 at Swangard Stadium.
Tickets are $25 finish line and $10 general admission and are available at www.harryjerome.com