Crowd-inspired mo­ment

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thought to my­self ‘I bet the Cana­dian an­them would sound a whole lot bet­ter from the

“It’s a pretty elec­tri­fy­ing feel­ing, it’s very whole­body, it’s like your whole sys­tem just lights up like a Christ­mas tree.” Cana­dian javelin thrower El­iz­a­beth Glea­dle

podium if I was on it,’ so that inspired me to throw bet­ter.”

As the crowd of sev­eral thou­sand at the new sta­dium at York Univer­sity clapped in uni­son, Glea­dle was over­come with emo­tion.

“It’s a pretty cool feel­ing,” she said. “When ev­ery­one in the crowd is look­ing at you, and ev­ery­one is ex­pect­ing you to per­form, and you know that 95 per cent of the peo­ple in the crowd are truly root­ing for you to do well. . . It’s a pretty elec­tri­fy­ing feel­ing, it’s very whole­body, it’s like your whole sys­tem just lights up like a Christ­mas tree.”

The six-foot-one ath­lete first chucked a javelin in her Grade 8 gym class.

“I was the only kid in my class who didn’t hit my­self in the back of the head. I’m not kid­ding. I was OK, it stuck in the ground, it went straight.

“And my teacher was like ‘Oh you should throw javelin, you’re tall, that might work,”‘ said Glea­dle, who was six feet tall by the time she was 16.

AP PHOTO

Canada’s Shaw­nacy Bar­ber com­petes in the men’s pole vault at the Pan Amer­i­can Games in Toronto on Tues­day. Bar­ber won the gold medal.

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