Sultana Frizell

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Sultana Frizell
Personal information
Born (1984-10-24) October 24, 1984 (age 39)
Perth, Ontario
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight260 lb (118 kg)
Country Canada
SportHammer throw
ClubOttawa Lions
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Hammer throw: 75.04 m, Tucson, 2012
Medal record
Women's hammer throw
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 Delhi Hammer throw
Gold medal – first place 2014 Glasgow Hammer throw
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 2011 Guadalajara Hammer throw
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Toronto Hammer throw

Sultana Frizell (born 24 October 1984) is a Canadian track and field athlete competing in the hammer throw. Frizell currently trains under the guidance of Derek Evely in Kamloops, British Columbia. She competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Frizell is the former Commonwealth Games champion in the hammer throw and Commonwealth Games record holder for the event as well.


Frizell was born in Perth, Ontario and started her athletic career in figure skating before taking up track and field in high school.[1] While attending Perth and District Collegiate Institute, she competed in the shot put, discus, javelin, and hammer throw. She won gold medals in hammer and shot put and silver in discus at 2003 Canadian junior championships. She also took fourth in the hammer and sixth in shot put at 2003 Pan Am junior championships. Although she set a Canadian High School Record in the shot put,[2] she ultimately decided to focus on the hammer throw.

Frizell graduated from high school in 2003 and immediately enrolled at the University of Georgia where she competed for three seasons. In her first season, Frizell showed tremendous improvement. She placed ninth at the NCAA Championships and third at the Canadian Track and Field Championships. She also improved her personal bests in the shot put and javelin. She finished the season with a best of 63.36 meters in the hammer throw. In 2005, Frizell improved her best to 66.42 meters. She improved her placing at both the NCAA Championships and Canadian Championships, finishing sixth and second respectively.

For the 2006 season, Frizell returned to her native Ontario to train. She continued to progress and won her first Canadian national title in 2007. She also qualified for the 2007 Pan American Games where she placed seventh. On November 1, 2007, Frizell relocated to Kamloops, British Columbia to train under the guidance of former world record holder Anatoliy Bondarchuk. During the 2008 season, Frizell broke the Canadian senior women's hammer throw record four times and improved her personal best by over three meters. Her personal best throw of 70.94 meters was in July 2008 at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Windsor, Ontario.[3] That mark qualified her for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where she placed 33rd out of 50 competitors.[4]

Repeat Commonwealth champion[edit]

Frizell came back even stronger during the 2009 season and set two more national records. She also qualified for her first World Championships final and placed tenth in Berlin at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics.[5] In 2010, she set another national record of 72.24 meters came at the Fränkisch-Crumbach Hammer Meeting in Germany. She concluded her season with a gold medal and meet record performance at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.[6] The following year, Frizell won a silver medal at the 2011 Pan American Games. This event fell on her birthday, thus Frizell was able achieve a personal gift for herself.[7]

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London were a disappointment for Frizell, as her first and best throw did not count due to a glitch in the computerized measuring system. Her following two throws also failed to count and she did not qualify for the finals. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Frizell broke her own Games record three times, throwing a high of 71.97 metres to defend her Commonwealth Games title.[8] She was named Canada's flag-bearer for the Games' closing ceremonies.[9]


In 2012 Frizell was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.[10]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Canada
2004 NACAC U23 Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 5th Shot put 13.72 m
3rd Hammer throw 57.38 m
2005 Universiade Izmir, Turkey 13th Shot put 13.30 m
15th (q) Hammer throw 59.03 m
2006 NACAC U23 Championships Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 3rd Shot put 15.18 m
4th Hammer throw 60.61 m
2007 Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7th Hammer throw 63.25 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 33rd (q) Hammer throw 65.44 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 10th Hammer throw 70.88 m
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 6th Hammer throw 68.07 m
2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 1st Hammer throw 68.57 m
2011 Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico 2nd Hammer throw 70.11 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 26th (q) Hammer throw 67.45 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 16th (q) Hammer throw 69.06 m
Jeux de la Francophonie Nice, France 4th Hammer throw 67.85 m
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, United Kingdom 1st Hammer throw 71.97 m
2015 Pan American Games Toronto, Ontario, Canada 3rd Hammer throw 69.51 m
World Championships Beijing, China 13th (q) Hammer throw 69.66 m
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 4th Hammer throw 63.94 m


  1. ^ "Canada.Com | Homepage | Canada.Com".
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  4. ^ " - Olympic Games 2008 - Results Hammer Throw W Qualification". Archived from the original on 2008-08-24.
  5. ^ "12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics - Berlin 2009 - Timetable/Results - 08-22-2009". Archived from the original on 2011-06-29.
  6. ^ "Canadian throwers smash records in Delhi". CBC Sports. October 7, 2010.
  7. ^ "Canada's Frizell wins Pan Am Games silver on her birthday". TSN. October 24, 2011.
  8. ^ "Sultana Frizell repeats as Commonwealth hammer throw champ". CBC Sports. July 28, 2014.
  9. ^ "Commonwealth Games: Sultana Frizell to carry flag at closing ceremony". CBC Sports. The Canadian Press. August 3, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  10. ^ "Olympic and Paralympic athletes to receive Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal". Official Canadian Olympic Team Website | Team Canada | 2016 Olympic Games. 19 December 2012. Archived from the original on 19 May 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2017.

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