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Canada's Armstrong captures Diamond League crown

09/16/2011 02:58 EDT | Updated 11/16/2011 05:12 EST

Canadian Dylan Armstrong capped off his sensational shot put season Friday, officially capturing the Diamond League title at the prestigious track and field series finale in Brussels.

The 30-year-old native of Kamloops, B.C., finished fourth at Friday’s meet with a throw of 21.47 metres, but built up an insurmountable lead over the season to beat Americans Reese Hoffa and Christian Cantwell for the overall crown.

Hoffa won Friday’s event with a throw of 22.09, just ahead of Cantwell in 22.07.

Armstrong, the silver medallist at last month's IAAF world track and field championships in Daegu, South Korea, will receive $40,000 US and a four-carat diamond-encrusted trophy.

Armstrong has been a model of consistency throughout the season, beating every major competitor on the European circuit. At the Canadian championships in June, he threw a Canadian record of 22.21 metres, which is still the longest throw in the world this year.

It’s the second year in a row a Canadian has taken a Diamond League title.

Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Whitby, Ont., claimed the women’s 100-metre hurdles title in 2010. The bronze medallist from the 2008 Beijing Olympics is pregnant with a baby girl that's due this month.

CBC and CBCSports.ca will have full coverage of the Diamond League final from Brussels Saturday at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT.

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