The Region of Queens rallied around Brooklyn’s Sarah Mitton after she placed 28th overall in the women’s shotput competition at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.
Fans in Queens County were glued to their televisions the morning of July 30 to watch her in the qualification portion of the event.
She was unable to advance to the final round, with a best throw of 16.62 metres in her third attempt, after being disqualified in her first two throws. She finished 28th overall in a field of 31. Mitton’s personal best throw is 18.89m.
“Although she is not competing in the finals, Sarah is a champion and we are proud of her! Sarah is a role model to youth and to all in Queens,” said a post on the Region of Queens Municipality Facebook page. “It’s an outstanding accomplishment to qualify to be on Team Canada and to compete at the Olympics - our community is very proud.”
The top throw during the qualifications was 19.46m, accomplished by Lijiao Gong of China.
Meanwhile, another South Shore Olympian, Chester sailor Jacob Saunders and his crew, former coach Oliver Bone, have been competing in the two-person 470 Dinghy races. There are 19 teams sailing in the class.
Saunders and Bone finished 12th and 17th in races July 27, 16th in two races July 28, seventh and 15th in two races July 30, 16th and 12 in races August 1 and 17th and 14th on August 3rd.
The final, medal race, is scheduled for August 4.
This is Saunders’s second Olympic Games. He made his debut in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with his brother, Graeme. They finished 22nd overall.
Saunders and Mitton are among eight Nova Scotians to compete in this year’s Games.
Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin