By Brian Pound
Following a disappointing ninth place finish recently at the Prefontaine Diamond League meet in Eugene, Oregon, Liz Gleadle says she’s got a lot her energy back and wants to just concentrate on her throwing.
Next up, the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam on June 28.
If there is a sentimental favorite in any event at the Jerome it could very well be Gleadle. Vancouver born, UBC graduate, she throws the javelin as her chosen event. And she has thrown it further than any other Canadian woman. Her Canadian record of 64.83 metres was set in 2015 at a meet in Kawasaki, Japan. She also holds the Jerome meet record of 64.34 metres set in 2015.
While she calls Vancouver home, Gleadle trains most of the year at the national throwing centre in Lethbridge under coach Lawrence Steinke.
“It’s never easy when you have a bad meet,” Gleadle said referring to her Prefontaine performance. “I went into the meet over- travelled and over-tired and I am not a good traveller. And then on top of it all there was business stuff I had to take care of.”
“But,” she says, “I’m back on track. “I spent the last few weeks training at UBC and have my energy back. And I put in a couple of good throws in the 60s.”
Currently ranked 18th in the world in women’s javelin, and a six time Canadian champion, Gleadle has already qualified for the World Athletics Championships August 4-13 in London so she intends to use the Jerome meet and the following national championships to nail down a personal best. “I know I have it in me,” she says.
The 2015 Pan American Games champion, Gleadle has represented Canada at both the London and Rio Olympics. She became the first Canadian woman to qualify for the Olympic javelin final since 1968.
She calls herself a Harry Jerome meet regular. “I’m not sure but I think I’ve competed at least six or seven times at the meet, going back to 2009.”
She just missed repeating as javelin champion last year when she finished second to New Westminster’s Krista Woodward.
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Gates 5:30pm Wednesday, June 28, Coquitlam Town Centre.
Percy Perry Track is just an 8 minute walk from Evergreen Extension Lafarge Lake- Douglas Skytrain Station