The Athletics competition of the 2014 Commonwealth Games began today in Glasgow, Scotland. Three Ivies competed this morning in the throwing events.
Cornell’s throwing star Stephen Mozia, representing Team Nigeria, competed in the shot put qualifying round. His best throw was 17.76 meters (58-03 1/4), which placed him 14th among all of the competitors. Unfortunately for Mozia, only the top 12 qualified for the finals. Mozia will also be competing in the discus throw on July 30th.
Two Ivies competed in this morning’s hammer throw qualifying round.
Princeton/New Zealand’s Julia Ratcliffe wasted no time in throwing far enough to qualify for tomorrow’s final. On her first throw, Ratcliffe threw 67.96 meters (222-11 1/2), easily surpassing the 65.00m qualifying standard needed for the finals. She opted not to throw her final two throws in the qualifying round and she will be advancing to the finals with the 2nd farthest throw of all of the competitors behind Canadian thrower Sultana Frizell. Harvard alumna and Jamaica’s 11-time champion in the hammer throw Nicky Grant also competed in the hammer throw this morning. She only got one legal throw in the qualifying round, which resulted in her finishing in 15th place with 56.10 meters (184-00 1/2). While Grant may not be throwing any more in this competition, she was proud to have her family present as she shared on facebook that it was the first time her family got the chance to see her compete internationally (as shown by her photo to the right).
Stay tuned tomorrow, for Ratcliffe will compete in the women’s hammer throw championships at 2:05pm EST, while Columbia grad and Team Dominica racer Erison Hurtault will race in the first round of the men’s 400m at 6:25am EST.