Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: August 4, 2012
The favorite was Croatian [Sandra Perković], who had been the most consistent thrower throughout the year and had already won the 2012 European title. She had also won the 2010 Europeans but had been popped for PEDs (a stimulant) and served a six-month doping suspension in 2011. The 2011 World Champion was China's [Li Yanfeng], who was expected to contend, along with German [Nadine Müller], silver medalist at Daegu in 2011, and Russian [Darya Pishchalnikova], the 2006 European Champion, also returning from a two-year drug suspension when she and six other Russian athletes were found to have manipulated their drug testing samples in 2010. Perković had won 9 of 10 meets in 2012, but Pishchalnikova came into form late, with marks of 70.69, the world's longest throw in 20 years, and 69.34 in her last two meets. Defending champion [Stephanie Brown-Trafton] of the United States was back in the final, but was a medal longshot.
Müller led the first round of the final with a toss of 65.71, Pishchalnikova in second and Perković in third. In the second round Li took the lead with 67.22, but four throws later, Perković got the platter out to 68.11, a mark that would be good enough for gold. But she would improve it, tossing 69.11 in round three, the eventual winning mark. Li was second through four rounds with Pishchalnikova moving up to third place in that round. But in round five she improved to 67.56 which would win her the silver medal, Li taking bronze. Müller improved her opener in round six with 65.94 but it was only good enough for fifth place. Brown-Trafton was never a factor and placed eighth. Perković's gold medal was the first athletics gold medal for Croatia as an independent nation.
However, as so often happens in the 21st century, Pishchalnikova was later found to have a doping positive from May 2012. As this was her second doping positive, she was given a 10-year ban and all her results from May 2012 were annulled, including her 2012 Olympic results. However, as of February 2016, the IOC had not acted on her Olympic medal, so we continue to list her in that position.
|8||Stephanie Brown-Trafton||32||United States||USA|
|15||Gia Lewis-Smallwood||33||United States||USA|
|16||Andressa de Morais||21||Brazil||BRA|
|22||Li Wen-Hua||22||Chinese Taipei||TPE|
|25||Aretha Hill-Thurmond||35||United States||USA|
|34||Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová||33||Czech Republic||CZE|