Whalen claims second Canadian Nationals silver medal

Posted at 2:36 PM, Jun 23, 2013
and last updated 2015-03-04 17:31:22-05

DES MOINES, Iowa – Florida State junior Chelsea Whalen grabbed her second silver medal in as many days of competition at the Canadian National Championships Saturday, setting a new personal-best in the javelin with a throw of 51.15 meters (167-9). That marked moved Whalen to No. 2 on FSU’s all-time list, behind school record holder Kari Keith (53.30m, 1990).


Whalen eclipsed her previous personal-best mark on three of her six throws in the competition at Moncton, New Brunswick, including an opening throw of 50.11 meters. That marked the first time she had eclipsed the 50-meter mark in her career.


The Liverpool, Nova Scotia native now holds the Province record in both the shot put and javelin.


“My main goal going in was to hopefully PR,” said Whalen, who was seeded fifth entering the javelin competition. “I had shot put out the way, so my attitude was just do the best you can. … There was more in there, but it didn’t come out there in the end.”


Whalen claimed her first silver medal in the shot put on Friday with a mark of 16.20 meters (53-1.75). This marked just her second appearance at Canada’s Senior National Championships.


“It definitely is [a highlight] and it’s great that it’s so close, so my friends and family could come up and watch,” said Whalen, whose home is just four hours away from the championship site.


Whalen will represent Canada at the World University Games in Russia next month.