Gill products headed to Olympics
CHAMPAIGN — When track and field events get under way at the London Olympics next month, count on seeing a lot of equipment from Gill Athletics.
Gill, a brand of Champaign-based Litania Sports Group, makes vaulting poles, javelins, discuses and other equipment for field competition.
Its products are used by some of the top competitors in those events. Many were in town recently to compete as elite athletes at the Gill Athletics Field Fest.
Four of the six vaulters on the U.S. Olympics team came to the event in Champaign, as did shot putter Christian Cantwell.
Jenn Suhr and Becky Holliday will be among the women pole vaulters on the U.S. team, while Derek Miles and Jeremy Scott will be among the male vaulters. Holliday, Miles and Scott all use Gill poles.
At the Field Fest, Jordan Scott won the men's pole vault, and Miles was second. In the women's competition, Suhr took top honors with Mary Saxer placing second.
In the Field Fest's shot put competition, Cantwell had the longest throw in the world this year — 73 feet 2 inches.
U.S. athletes expected to use Gill equipment in London include: discus thrower Lance Brooks and javelin throwers Craig Kinsley, Sean Furey and Cyrus Hostetler.
Gill equipment also will be used by some athletes from Germany, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, France and India, according to Litania Sports Group CEO David Hodge.
Although the opening ceremonies for the London Olympics were held Friday, track and field events do not begin until Aug. 3. They continue through Aug. 12.