An athlete from Nanaimo, who now trains with an Olympian, broke the Canadian record in the hammer throw and rose to third in the world for his age.
Ethan Katzberg, a graduate of John Barsby High School, set a new Canadian Under-20 record on Sunday, May 23 in Kamloops, throwing a six-kilogram hammer at 77.97 meters. Katzberg had become the Canadian Under-20 record holder earlier in the month with a throw of 75.60m.
His record throw this week was his third attempt at the competition.
“I had a hunch it was good,” Katzberg said in a press release. “But I didn’t expect it to be this far.”
Katzberg, formerly of the Nanaimo Track Club, now attends Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops and trains with Dylan Armstrong, an Olympic bronze medalist in the shot put. Katzberg now trains seven or eight times a week, and “the engagement is now stronger than ever.”
Athletes competing in the U20 throw a 6kg hammer while the Olympic competition takes place with a 7.26kg hammer. For now, Katzberg is aiming for the U20 athletics world championships scheduled for August in Kenya.
“We are preparing our training to be in top form for the world championships, but I don’t know if the event is even going to take place, nobody really knows,” Katzberg said.
Katzberg won the provincial and national championships in the hammer throw in his teens and was the leading scorer on the Barsby Bulldogs senior men’s basketball team that won the provincial championships last year.