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Shot Put, Women

Date30 July – 1 August 2021
LocationJapan National Stadium, Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants32 from 22 countries

The top two putters over the last decade had been Kiwi Valerie Adams and China’s Gong Lijiao. Adams had by far the better of the all-time marks, but those had been set years ago, and Gong had the better marks in 2021, and had won the World Championships in 2017 and 2019. Adams had two Olympic golds, from 2008 and 2012, and four World titles, consecutively from 2007-13. Gong had won silver at London in 2012 and bronze in Beijing in 2008, but sadly, neither came at the Games themselves as she was advanced to those medals later after doping disqualifications.

American Raven Saunders was the first thrower in the final and her 19.65 would have been good for the silver medal, although she improved it in round five with 19.79. Four throwers later, Gong recorded 19.95, which settled the competition for gold, although she would have three better marks – with 19.98 in round three, 20.53 in round five, and 20.58 in round six.

Adams rounded out the podium, throwing 19.62 in round three, giving her a fourth Olympic medal and a full set with two golds, a silver, and a bronze. Gong’s gold also completed her set of Olympic medals. Saunders stood out during the competition, competing in a mask in both qualifying and final, with her hair dyed green on the left side and purple on the right.

1Gong LijiaoCHNGold
2Raven SaundersUSASilver
3Valerie AdamsNZLBronze
4Auriol DongmoPOR
5Song JiayuanCHN
6Maddi WescheNZL
7Fanny RoosSWE
8Sara GambettaGER
9Alena DubitskayaBLR
10Gao YangCHN
11Portious WarrenTTO
AC r2/2Jessica RamseyUSA
13 r1/2Danniel ThomasJAM
14 r1/2Christina SchwanitzGER
15 r1/2Katharina MaischGER
16 r1/2Emel DereliTUR
17 r1/2Sophie McKinnaGBR
18 r1/2Klaudia KardaszPOL
19 r1/2Jessica SchilderNED
20 r1/2Adelaide AquillaUSA
21 r1/2Anita MártonHUN
22 r1/2Lloydricia CameronJAM
23 r1/2María Belén ToimilESP
24 r1/2Markéta ČervenkováCZE
25 r1/2Ahymará EspinozaVEN
26 r1/2Olha HolodnaUKR
27 r1/2Paulina GubaPOL
28 r1/2Sarah MittonCAN
29 r1/2Dimitriana BezedeMDA
30 r1/2Geisa ArcanjoBRA
31 r1/2Sopo ShatirishviliGEO
AC r1/2Brittany CrewCAN