Canadian shot putter Sarah Mitton earns career-best result at Stockholm Diamond League

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Canada's Sarah Mitton, seen above in March, placed second at a Diamond League event in Stockholm on Thursday. (Maja Hitij/Getty Images for World Athletics - image credit)
Canada's Sarah Mitton, seen above in March, placed second at a Diamond League event in Stockholm on Thursday. (Maja Hitij/Getty Images for World Athletics - image credit)

Add another accomplishment to Sarah Mitton's growing list this season.

The Canadian achieved a career-best Diamond League result on Thursday in Stockholm, placing second in shot put with a top throw of 19.90 metres.

Just last week, Mitton launched a Canadian-record throw of 20.33 metres. It also briefly marked a season-leading distance, only to be broken 24 hours later by American Chase Ealey. A throw from China's Song Jiayuan earlier in June was also later recorded at 20.38 metres.

Ealey took top spot in Sweden with her final toss of 20.48 metres falling just shy of her season-leading 20.51 mark. Portugal's Auriol Dongmo placed third at 19.30 metres.

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Mitton, who hails from Brooklyn, N.S., and trains in Toronto, made her Diamond League debut at the Oslo meet earlier in June, where she finished in sixth place with a throw of 18.98 metres. She had previously surpassed the 19-metre mark in eight of nine competitions, including one toss of 19.58 metres that briefly stood as the Canadian record before she raised the bar at nationals.

She was the only Canadian scheduled to compete in Sweden.

Mitton will travel to Alberta for the Edmonton Track and Field Invitational on Sunday before attending Athletics Canada's pre-world championship camp in Langley, B.C., which was also the site of nationals.

Olympic champion withdraws late

Italy's Marcell Jacobs, the Olympic champion in the men's 100 metres, pulled out hours before the event on Thursday after feeling glute discomfort in training, per trainer Paolo Camossi.

Jacobs has battled injury throughout the season after suffering a strained muscle in May.

"This morning we assessed the situation, but his body's giving signs of discomfort," Camossi said. "Fifteen days away from the worlds, we couldn't take the risk to run [today]."

Duplantis breaks own world record

Swedish pole vaulter Armand Duplantis improved his own outdoor world record by clearing 6.16 metres.

Duplantis cleared the bar with plenty to spare on his second attempt to better his previous mark of 6.15, set in Rome in 2020 — when he broke Sergey Bubka's 26-year-old outdoor record.

Duplantis also holds the indoor world record of 6.20 (20 feet, 4 inches), set at the world indoor championships in Serbia this year.

The American-born Duplantis competes for Sweden and is also the reigning Olympic champion.

He celebrated by pumping his arms in front of the home crowd at Stockholm's Olympic Stadium, which hosted the 1912 Summer Games.

"It's extra special that it's here in Stockholm," Duplantis said.

The Stockholm meet marked the final Diamond League event ahead of world championships, which begin July 15 in Eugene, Ore. The Diamond League season resumes in Poland on Aug. 6.

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