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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Shot Put

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 6, 2012
Date Finished: August 6, 2012

Gold: NZL Valerie Adams-Vili
Silver: RUS Yevgeniya Kolodko
Bronze: CHN Gong Lijiao

Summary

New Zealander Valerie Adams (formerly Valerie Vili) came in as the clear favorite, having won the gold medal at Beijing, the last three World titles, and gold at the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games. Her biggest competition was expected to come from Belarussian Nadezhda Ostapchuk, the 2005 World Champion and bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympics. Both qualified easily, with Ostapchuk posting 20.76, the longest ever qualifying mark.

Adams took the lead in the first round of the final with 20.61, Ostapchuk posting only 20.01. But in round two Ostapchuk improved to 21.31, and Adams could never match that, her best mark being 20.70 in round three. Ostapchuk would post four throws over 21 metres, with a best of 21.36 in round three, and seemingly won the gold medal. Behind the two favorites, Russian Yevgeniya Kolodko was in fifth place entering the final round, but came through with 20.48 for what seemed to be a bronze medal, edging out Chinese putter Gong Lijiao.

One week later all the results changed. Ostapchuk had tested positive for the steroid metenolone the day before and the day after the final, and she was disqualified. This gave Adams her second consecutive gold medal, and moved Kolodko up to silver, bringing Gong a bronze medal. Adams became only the second woman to win two Olympic shot golds, after Soviet Tamara Press in 1960-64.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Valerie Adams-Vili 27 New Zealand NZL Gold
2 Yevgeniya Kolodko 22 Russia RUS Silver
3 Gong Lijiao 23 China CHN Bronze
4 Li Ling 27 China CHN
5 Michelle Carter 26 United States USA
6 Liu Xiangrong 24 China CHN
7 Geisa Arcanjo 20 Brazil BRA
8 Irina Tarasova 25 Russia RUS
9 Natalia Ducó 23 Chile CHI
10 Christina Schwanitz 26 Germany GER
11 Nataliya Khoronenko-Mikhnevich 30 Belarus BLR
12 Cleopatra Borel-Brown 33 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
13 Nadine Kleinert-Schmitt 36 Germany GER
14 Chiara Rosa 29 Italy ITA
15 Jill Camarena-Williams 30 United States USA
16 Ursula Ruíz 28 Spain ESP
17 Yanina Provalinskaya-Karolchik 35 Belarus BLR
18 Josephine Terlecki 26 Germany GER
19 Tia Brooks 21 United States USA
20 Misleydis González 34 Cuba CUB
21 Leyla Rajabi 29 Iran IRI
22 Julie Labonte 22 Canada CAN
23 Anita Márton 23 Hungary HUN
24 Anna Avdeyeva 27 Russia RUS
25 Lin Chia-Ying 29 Chinese Taipei TPE
26 Mailín Vargas 29 Cuba CUB
27 Sandra Lemus 23 Colombia COL
28 Aleksandra Fisher 24 Kazakhstan KAZ
29 Ana Po'uhila 32 Tonga TGA
30 Yelena Smolyanova 26 Uzbekistan UZB
AC Radoslava Mavrodieva 25 Bulgaria BUL NM
AC Nadezhda Ostapchuk 31 Belarus BLR DQ