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Women's Shot Put

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 16, 2008
Date Finished: August 16, 2008

Gold: NZL Valerie Adams-Vili
Silver: BLR Nataliya Khoronenko-Mikhnevich
Bronze: BLR Nadezhda Ostapchuk

Summary

At the 2007 World Championships, Valerie Vili (NZL) outdueled Belarusian Nadezhda Ostapchuk. They were back for Beijing and expected to repeat their battle. Also expected to contend was the 2006 European Champion, Ostapchuk’s teammate Natalya Mikhnevich. In the opening round, Vili struck first with 20.56 (67-5½), a new PR for her. And that would win the gold medal. Mikhnevich answered in round two with her best mark, 20.28 (66-6½), but that was only good for the silver. Ostapchuk struggled early and barely qualified for the final three throws. In round five, she got off 19.86 (65-2), good for the bronze medal. Vili did not quit after her opening winner, posting an excellent series with 20.40 (66-11¼) in round two, 20.26 (66-5¾) in round three, and 20.52 (67-4) in round five.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Valerie Adams-Vili 23 New Zealand NZL Gold
2 Nataliya Khoronenko-Mikhnevich 26 Belarus BLR Silver
3 Nadezhda Ostapchuk 27 Belarus BLR Bronze
4 Misleydis González 30 Cuba CUB
5 Gong Lijiao 19 China CHN
6 Anna Omarova 26 Russia RUS
7 Nadine Kleinert-Schmitt 32 Germany GER
8 Li Meiju 28 China CHN
9 Olga Ivanova 29 Russia RUS
10 Mailín Vargas 25 Cuba CUB
11 Christina Schwanitz 22 Germany GER
12 Jill Camarena-Williams 26 United States USA
13 Chiara Rosa 25 Italy ITA
14 Li Ling 23 China CHN
15 Michelle Carter 22 United States USA
16 QR Denise Hinrichs 21 Germany GER
17 QR Cleopatra Borel-Brown 29 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
18 QR Yanina Provalinskaya-Karolchik 31 Belarus BLR
19 QR Assunta Legnante 30 Italy ITA
20 QR Yumileidi Cumbá 33 Cuba CUB
21 QR Anca Heltne 30 Romania ROU
22 QR Natalia Ducó 19 Chile CHI
23 QR Kristin Heaston 32 United States USA
24 QR Vivian Chukwuemeka 33 Nigeria NGR
25 QR Irina Khudoroshkina 39 Russia RUS
26 QR Eirini Terzoglou 29 Greece GRE
27 QR Ana Po'uhila 28 Tonga TGA
28 QR Lin Chia-Ying 25 Chinese Taipei TPE
29 QR Zhang Guirong 30 Singapore SIN
30 QR Marie Kevkhishvili 22 Georgia GEO
31 QR Zara Northover 24 Jamaica JAM
32 QR Iolanta Ulyeva 32 Kazakhstan KAZ
33 QR Lee Mi-Yeong 28 South Korea KOR
AC QR Irache Quintanal 29 Spain ESP
AC QR Krystyna Danilczyk-Zabawska 40 Poland POL