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Shot Put, Women

Date16 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants35 from 22 countries
Olympic Record 22.41 / Ilona Slupianek GDR / 24 July 1980

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.

That was how the event and the results seemed to have ended. In 2015, however, the IOC began re-testing samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, using newer, more advanced testing techniques, in an effort to find those who had used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), but in whom it could not be detected at the time of those Olympics. This was one of the many events affected.

The silver and bronze medals had initially gone to Belarussians Nataliya Mikhnevich and Nadezhda Ostapchuk, respectively. In November 2016 Khoronenko was disqualified for a positive re-test for methandienone and stanozolol, while in January 2017 Ostapchuk was disqualified for a positive re-test for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone) and tamoxifen. The medals were re-assigned to Misleydis González (CUB / silver) and Gong Lijiao (CHN / bronze). Ostapchuk was also disqualified from the 2012 Olympics, testing positive during the Games, after seemingly winning a gold medal.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
12545Valerie ViliNZL19.73 (1)20.56 (1)Gold
21467Misleydis GonzálezCUB18.91 (5)19.50 (2)Silver
31340Gong LijiaoCHN19.46 (2)19.20 (3)Bronze
42838Anna OmarovaRUS18.74 (6)19.08 (4)
51907Nadine KleinertGER18.52 (9)19.01 (5)
61341Li MeijuCHN19.18 (3)19.00 (6)
72819Olga IvanovaRUS18.46 (13)18.44 (7)
81456Mailín VargasCUB18.47 (12)18.28 (8)
91901Christina SchwanitzGER19.09 (4)18.27 (9)
103144Jill CamarenaUSA18.51 (10)18.24 (10)
112080Chiara RosaITA18.74 (7)18.22 (11)
121347Li LingCHN18.60 (8)17.94 (12)
133273Michelle CarterUSA18.49 (11)17.74 (13)
14 r1/21906Denise HinrichsGER18.36 (14)
15 r1/23009Cleopatra Borel-BrownTTO17.96 (15)
16 r1/21169Yanina Pravalinskaya-KarolchykBLR17.79 (16)
17 r1/22076Assunta LegnanteITA17.76 (17)
18 r1/21473Yumileidi CumbáCUB17.60 (18)
19 r1/22715Anca HeltneROU17.48 (19)
20 r1/21324Natalia DucóCHI17.40 (20)
21 r1/23181Kristin HeastonUSA17.34 (21)
22 r1/22517Vivian ChukwuemekaNGR17.15 (22)
23 r1/22841Irina KhudoroshkinaRUS16.84 (23)
24 r1/21947Eirini TerzoglouGRE16.50 (24)
25 r1/22977Ana Po'uhilaTGA16.42 (25)
26 r1/23002Lin Chia-YingTPE16.32 (26)
27 r1/22866Zhang GuirongSGP16.23 (27)
28 r1/21855Marie KevkhishviliGEO15.99 (28)
29 r1/22143Zara NorthoverJAM15.85 (29)
30 r1/22234Iolanta UlyevaKAZ15.49 (30)
31 r1/22309Lee Mi-YeongKOR15.10 (31)
AC r1/21602Irache QuintanalESP– (AC)
AC r1/22577Krystyna ZabawskaPOL– (AC)
AC1176Natallya MikhnevichBLR19.11 (AC)20.28 (AC)DQ1
AC1168Nadzeya AstapchukBLR19.08 (AC)19.86 (AC)DQ2

Qualifying Round (16 August 2008)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 18.45 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance
1Valerie ViliNZL19.73Q
2Gong LijiaoCHN19.46Q
3Li MeijuCHN19.18Q
4Christina SchwanitzGER19.09Q
5Misleydis GonzálezCUB18.91Q
6Anna OmarovaRUS18.74Q
7Chiara RosaITA18.74Q
8Li LingCHN18.60Q
9Nadine KleinertGER18.52Q
10Jill CamarenaUSA18.51Q
11Michelle CarterUSA18.49Q
12Mailín VargasCUB18.47Q
13Olga IvanovaRUS18.46Q
14Denise HinrichsGER18.36
15Cleopatra Borel-BrownTTO17.96
16Yanina Pravalinskaya-KarolchykBLR17.79
17Assunta LegnanteITA17.76
18Yumileidi CumbáCUB17.60
19Anca HeltneROU17.48
20Natalia DucóCHI17.40
21Kristin HeastonUSA17.34
22Vivian ChukwuemekaNGR17.15
23Irina KhudoroshkinaRUS16.84
24Eirini TerzoglouGRE16.50
25Ana Po'uhilaTGA16.42
26Lin Chia-YingTPE16.32
27Zhang GuirongSGP16.23
28Marie KevkhishviliGEO15.99
29Zara NorthoverJAM15.85
30Iolanta UlyevaKAZ15.49
31Lee Mi-YeongKOR15.10
ACIrache QuintanalESPNM
ACKrystyna ZabawskaPOLNM
ACNadzeya AstapchukBLR19.08DQ Q3
ACNatallya MikhnevichBLR19.11DQ Q4

Qualifying Round, Group A (16 August 2008 — 9:10)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
115Valerie ViliNZL19.7319.73Q
22Li MeijuCHN19.1819.18Q
314Christina SchwanitzGER19.09×17.9719.09Q
48Misleydis GonzálezCUB18.9118.4218.91Q
510Chiara RosaITA18.7418.74Q
613Jill CamarenaUSA18.5118.1518.3218.51Q
718Mailín VargasCUB18.4718.47Q
816Olga IvanovaRUS18.4617.6918.2718.46Q
91Denise HinrichsGER18.3618.3618.27×
1011Yanina Pravalinskaya-KarolchykBLR17.7917.4417.7717.79
1112Anca HeltneROU17.4817.48×17.40
129Natalia DucóCHI17.4017.24×17.40
135Kristin HeastonUSA17.34×17.3417.34
147Eirini TerzoglouGRE16.5016.0816.1416.50
156Iolanta UlyevaKAZ15.4915.49×15.06
163Lee Mi-YeongKOR15.1014.76×15.10
AC17Irache QuintanalESP×××NM
AC4Natallya MikhnevichBLR19.1119.11DQ Q5

Qualifying Round, Group B (16 August 2008 — 9:10)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
16Gong LijiaoCHN19.4619.46Q
29Anna OmarovaRUS18.7418.26×18.74Q
31Li LingCHN18.6018.60Q
413Nadine KleinertGER18.5218.52Q
515Michelle CarterUSA18.4918.49Q
63Cleopatra Borel-BrownTTO17.9617.9617.3217.57
77Assunta LegnanteITA17.7616.9317.76×
814Yumileidi CumbáCUB17.60×17.60×
98Vivian ChukwuemekaNGR17.1517.1517.05×
102Irina KhudoroshkinaRUS16.8416.4616.8416.78
1110Ana Po'uhilaTGA16.4216.2116.4216.35
1211Lin Chia-YingTPE16.3216.24×16.32
1312Zhang GuirongSGP16.23×16.2316.08
144Marie KevkhishviliGEO15.99×15.99×
1517Zara NorthoverJAM15.8515.7315.8515.64
AC5Krystyna ZabawskaPOL×××NM
AC16Nadzeya AstapchukBLR19.0819.08DQ Q6

Final Round (16 August 2008 — 21:10)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
14/8/8Valerie ViliNZL20.5620.5620.4020.2620.0120.52
215/6/5Misleydis GonzálezCUB19.5019.30×19.0119.2319.50×
35/2/3Gong LijiaoCHN19.2018.4518.7518.9018.9219.0419.20
413/5/4Anna OmarovaRUS19.0819.0818.21×××18.76
511/4/2Nadine KleinertGER19.0118.3018.6819.0118.99×18.81
68/3/1Li MeijuCHN19.0018.6818.9918.74×18.8519.00
72Olga IvanovaRUS18.4417.96×18.44
83Mailín VargasCUB18.2818.2817.8817.74
91Christina SchwanitzGER18.27×17.9618.27
109Jill CamarenaUSA18.2418.0918.2417.44
1112Chiara RosaITA18.2218.2217.98×
126Li LingCHN17.9417.94×17.81
137Michelle CarterUSA17.7416.9717.6517.74
AC14/1/6Nadzeya AstapchukBLR19.86×18.6918.36×19.8619.36DQ7
AC10/7/7Natallya MikhnevichBLR20.2819.1620.2819.8719.8219.9420.10DQ8