The 2022 Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic has featured the shot put event as a main feature repeatedly in the past years. Meet organizer, Nigel Hole is doing that again but with one major shift.
Historically Kamloop’s Dylan Armstrong has been the dominate reason to focus on the shot put. This 11 time Canadian Champion medaled four times at the Olympic Games and World Championships and still holds the Canadian record of 22.21m.
However, this year Nigel Hole has announced that the women’s shot put will be the centre of attention as Ontario’s Brittany Crew and Nova Scotia’s Sarah Mitton have confirmed their participation. Brittany is the current Canadian outdoor record holder at 19.28m. She won the silver medal at the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru.
Sarah Mitton surprised many Canadians this winter as she took 7th at the World Indoor Championships in Serbia with 19.02m. The Nova Scotian had set the Canadian Indoor record of 19.16m one month earlier in New York. In 2019 Sarah took the gold medal at the World University Games in Naples, Italy.
The Pacific Northwest of America will become a major destination for hundreds of national track and field teams in late June of 2022 as they prepare for the World Championships to Eugene, Oregon in Mid-July. Nigel Hole is awaiting confirmation of the New Zealand national team participation in the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic as final travel plans are completed.
Finalization of these plans could create a dream women’s shot with the inclusion of New Zealand’s Maddison-Lee Wesche who won the World U20 Championships in 2018. The 22 year old threw the 4kg shot 19.10m this March in Hastings, NZ.
Gary Kingston, the Jerome media co-ordinator reported, “The Jerome, Canada’s longest running track and field event, will feature a full field of athletes and fans in the stands this year. The 2020 Jerome was canceled outright because of the Covid pandemic and the 2021 event was limited to just 71 athletes and no spectators inside the stadium. But that meet was still a resounding success with one Canadian record set, one Olympic standard reached, four meet records and 27 personal bests”
World Athletics, the international governing body lead by Olympic Champion, Seb Coe, has classified the Jerome as a World Athletics Continental Tour, Bronze Level. This designation of the Jerome Classic will provide the athletes with the opportunity to collect World Ranking points.
Tickets to the meet are now available online at www.harryjerome.com
For more information contact
Nigel Hole, meet director
Marek Jedrzejek, president Achilles Track and Field Society
Gary Kingston, media co-ordinator