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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Shot Put

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 12, 2016
Date Finished: August 12, 2016

Gold: USA Michelle Carter
Silver: NZL Valerie Adams-Vili
Bronze: HUN Anita Márton


New Zealander [Valerie Adams] had won the 2008 and 2012 gold medals and 56 consecutive meets from 2010-14. She was still considered the favorite but had undergone five surgeries in the last two years, for various ailments, and was no longer the dominant force she had been. In the final she took the lead in round one with 19.79, followed by American [Michelle Carter], the 2015 World Championship bronze medalist, with 19.12. Throwing first, Carter improved to 19.82 in round two to take the lead, only to see Adams respond with 20.42. None of the leaders improved in round three, with China’s [Gong Lijiao] in third entering the final three throws.

Gong would finish with three fouls, while Adams fouled in rounds four and five. Carter improved in round four to 19.87, but remained in second place, and again had a good mark in round five. In round six, Carter produced a PR effort of 20.63, bettering her previous best by almost one foot (30 cm), and stunningly moved ahead of Adams with only one throw remaining. Adams produced a good effort, 20.39, to try to catch Carter, but would only take silver. Carter had won the first shot put gold medal by an American woman. In the final round, Hungarian [Anita Martón] threw 19.87 to push Gong off the podium and win bronze.

Carter was the daughter of [Mike Carter], the Olympic men’s shot put silver medalist at the 1984 Olympics, who later played nine years in the NFL, all with the San Francisco 49ers, and played on three Super Bowl Championship teams. Adams also came from an athletic family, as her brother, Steven Adams, a 2.13 m center, played in the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michelle Carter 30 United States USA Gold
2 Valerie Adams-Vili 31 New Zealand NZL Silver
3 Anita Márton 27 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Gong Lijiao 27 China CHN
5 Raven Saunders 20 United States USA
6 Christina Schwanitz 30 Germany GER
7 Cleopatra Borel-Brown 37 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 Alyona Dubitskaya 26 Belarus BLR
9 Geisa Arcanjo 24 Brazil BRA
10 Natalia Ducó 27 Chile CHI
11 Yelena Abramchuk 28 Belarus BLR
12 Auriol Dongmo Mekemnang 26 Cameroon CMR
13 r1/2 Paulina Guba 25 Poland POL
14 r1/2 Felisha Johnson 27 United States USA
15 r1/2 Melissa Boekelman 27 Netherlands NED
16 r1/2 Bian Ka 23 China CHN
17 r1/2 Yuliya Leontyuk 32 Belarus BLR
18 r1/2 Brittany Crew 22 Canada CAN
19 r1/2 Ahymara Espinoza 31 Venezuela VEN
20 r1/2 Sara Gambetta 23 Germany GER
21 r1/2 Radoslava Mavrodieva 29 Bulgaria BUL
22 r1/2 Yaniuvis López 30 Cuba CUB
23 r1/2 Manpreet Kaur 26 India IND
24 r1/2 Emel Dereli 20 Turkey TUR
25 r1/2 Danniel Thomas 23 Jamaica JAM
26 r1/2 Saily Viart 20 Cuba CUB
27 r1/2 Olha Holodna 24 Ukraine UKR
28 r1/2 Taryn Suttie 25 Canada CAN
29 r1/2 Nwanneka Okwelogu 21 Nigeria NGR
30 r1/2 Lena Urbaniak 23 Germany GER
31 r1/2 Sandra Lemos 27 Colombia COL
32 r1/2 Leyla Rajabi 33 Iran IRI
33 r1/2 Gao Yang 23 China CHN
34 r1/2 Halyna Obleshchuk 27 Ukraine UKR
35 r1/2 Dimitriana Surdu 22 Moldova MDA
36 r1/2 Jessica Inchude 20 Guinea Bissau GBS