Dylan Armstrong (Wilson Wong, Wikimedia Commons)
Canada and the United States have something in common.
We each have an outstanding athlete with the last name of Armstrong. They have the old cyclist named Lance. We have the shot putter who is close to Olympic glory named Dylan.
On the weekend, Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, British Columbia won a Diamond League competition in Birmingham, England, by posting a throw of 21.55 meters. The 2008 Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski of Poland finished second with a throw of 20.9 meters, while the 2009 World Champion Christian Cantwell of the United States finished third with a throw of 20.86 meters.
Armstrong has won three of the four Diamond League competitions in 2011. He won in Rome and Doha earlier in the year. Cantwell won the only other Diamond League competition in Lucerne, Switzerland on June 30.
Armstrong leads the Diamond League Standings with 12 points. Cantwell and Majewski are tied for second with five points. Armstrong’s throw of 22.21 meters at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Calgary on June 25 continues to be a world best for all shot putters in 2011.
The next competition is in Monaco on July 22. The World Track and Field Championships in men’s shot put goes at 4am Mountain Time on September 2 from Daegu, South Korea.
In the men’s 100m dash, Asafa Powell of Jamaica had a time of 9.91 seconds to beat countryman Nesta Carter by 0.02 seconds.