Shot putter Sarah Mitton, a Lancer alumna, won Canada’s first gold medal of the 2019 Summer Universiade on Thursday, with a final throw of 18.31 metres — almost 50 cm longer than her nearest competitor.
Mitton said she was overwhelmed watching the Maple Leaf raised as she stood atop the podium.
“It’s my first international medal, let alone to come out on top,” she said. “It was a really proud moment — my coach and I have been working so hard, and it has been very up and down.”
Mitton is one of four UWindsor products competing for Canada in Napoli, Italy. Her Lancer track teammate Rachel Wolfs finished 12th in the women’s pole vault.
Canada’s men’s volleyball team, featuring middle blocker John Moate and outside hitter Pierce Johnson, ended the tournament with a 3-2 victory Saturday over Brazil to finish 11th overall. Athletic therapist Natalie Paladino and coach James Gravelle served on the team staff.