| Event type

Shot Put, Women

Date 6 August 2012
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants32 from 21 countries
Olympic Record 22.41 / Ilona Slupianek GDR / 24 July 1980

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 temporarily moved Kolodko up to silver, moving Gong up to a bronze medal. Adams became only the second woman to win two Olympic shot golds, after Soviet Tamara Press in 1960-64.

That was not the end of the results shuffle in this event. In 2015, 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.

In August 2016 Yevgeniya Kolodko was disqualified for a re-test positive for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone) and ipamorelin, and lost the silver medal to which she had been re-assigned. The silver and bronze medals were eventually given to the Chinese athletes Gong Lijiao and Li Ling, respectively. In January 2017 Ostapchuk also lost her bronze medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, after testing positive for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone) and tamoxifen.

12613Valerie AdamsNZL20.40 (1)20.70 (1)Gold
21374Gong LijiaoCHN19.11 (3)20.22 (2)Silver
31377Li LingCHN19.23 (2)19.63 (3)Bronze
43276Michelle CarterUSA18.63 (6)19.42 (4)
51383Liu XiangrongCHN18.96 (4)19.18 (5)
61233Geisa ArcanjoBRA18.47 (9)19.02 (6)
72898Irina TarasovaRUS18.76 (5)19.00 (7)
81337Natalia DucóCHI18.45 (10)18.80 (8)
91964Christina SchwanitzGER18.62 (7)18.47 (9)
101190Natallya MikhnevichBLR18.60 (8)18.42 (10)
113057Cleopatra BorelTTO18.36 (11)
121941Nadine KleinertGER18.36 (12)
132160Chiara RosaITA18.30 (13)
143274Jill Camarena-WilliamsUSA18.22 (14)
151657Úrsula RuizESP17.99 (15)
161195Yanina Pravalinskaya-KarolchykBLR17.87 (16)
171970Josephine TerleckiGER17.78 (17)
183271Tia BrooksUSA17.72 (18)
191496Misleydis GonzálezCUB17.68 (19)
202089Leyla RajabiIRI17.55 (20)
211312Julie LabontéCAN17.48 (21)
222057Anita MártonHUN17.48 (22)
232845Anna AvdeyevaRUS17.47 (23)
243035Lin Chia-YingTPE17.43 (24)
251507Mailín VargasCUB16.76 (25)
261434Sandra LemosCOL16.50 (26)
272278Aleksandra FisherKAZ16.16 (27)
283019Ana Po'uhilaTGA15.80 (28)
293338Yelena SmolyanovaUZB14.43 (29)
AC1269Radoslava MavrodievaBUL– (AC)NM
AC1193Nadzeya AstapchukBLR20.76 (AC)21.36 (AC)DQ1
AC2870Yevgeniya KolodkoRUS19.31 (AC)20.48 (AC)DQ2

Qualifying Round (6 August 2012 — 10:45)

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

PosAthleteNOCDistance2nd Best
1Valerie AdamsNZL20.40Q
2Li LingCHN19.23Q
3Gong LijiaoCHN19.11Q
4Liu XiangrongCHN18.96Q
5Irina TarasovaRUS18.76q
6Michelle CarterUSA18.63q
7Christina SchwanitzGER18.62q
8Natallya MikhnevichBLR18.60q
9Geisa ArcanjoBRA18.47q
10Natalia DucóCHI18.45q
11Cleopatra BorelTTO18.36
12Nadine KleinertGER18.36
13Chiara RosaITA18.30
14Jill Camarena-WilliamsUSA18.22
15Úrsula RuizESP17.99
16Yanina Pravalinskaya-KarolchykBLR17.87
17Josephine TerleckiGER17.78
18Tia BrooksUSA17.72
19Misleydis GonzálezCUB17.68
20Leyla RajabiIRI17.55
21Julie LabontéCAN17.48
22Anita MártonHUN17.48
23Anna AvdeyevaRUS17.47
24Lin Chia-YingTPE17.43
25Mailín VargasCUB16.76
26Sandra LemosCOL16.50
27Aleksandra FisherKAZ16.16
28Ana Po'uhilaTGA15.80
29Yelena SmolyanovaUZB14.43
ACRadoslava MavrodievaBULNM
ACNadzeya AstapchukBLR20.76QDQ3
ACYevgeniya KolodkoRUS19.31DQ Q4

Qualifying Round, Group A (6 August 2012 — 10:45)

116Valerie AdamsNZL20.40×20.40-
23Li LingCHN19.2318.8619.23-
315Michelle CarterUSA18.6318.2718.63×
411Christina SchwanitzGER18.6218.4418.4318.62
58Cleopatra BorelTTO18.3618.2618.3618.34
613Chiara RosaITA18.3017.9118.1418.30
714Jill Camarena-WilliamsUSA18.2218.2217.9917.51
86Josephine TerleckiGER17.7817.78×17.73
912Leyla RajabiIRI17.5517.1717.5517.42
105Julie LabontéCAN17.4817.4817.32×
119Anita MártonHUN17.4816.2917.0417.48
122Anna AvdeyevaRUS17.4717.47××
131Mailín VargasCUB16.7616.7616.64×
144Sandra LemosCOL16.5016.5016.07×
157Aleksandra FisherKAZ16.1615.8416.16×
AC10Nadzeya AstapchukBLR20.7620.76--DQ5

Qualifying Round, Group B (6 August 2012 — 10:45)

111Gong LijiaoCHN19.1119.11--
22Liu XiangrongCHN18.9618.8718.96-
310Irina TarasovaRUS18.7618.5518.5918.76
415Natallya MikhnevichBLR18.6018.6018.1218.30
54Geisa ArcanjoBRA18.47×18.4718.33
68Natalia DucóCHI18.4518.4518.2318.17
712Nadine KleinertGER18.36×18.0618.36
83Úrsula RuizESP17.9917.99××
97Yanina Pravalinskaya-KarolchykBLR17.8717.6817.8717.69
1013Tia BrooksUSA17.7217.2117.7217.29
1116Misleydis GonzálezCUB17.6817.6817.6117.35
1214Lin Chia-YingTPE17.4316.7417.43×
131Ana Po'uhilaTGA15.8015.8015.7515.11
145Yelena SmolyanovaUZB14.4314.3514.43-
AC9Radoslava MavrodievaBUL×××NM
AC6Yevgeniya KolodkoRUS19.3119.31--DQ6

Final Round (6 August 2012 — 19:15)

18/7Valerie AdamsNZL20.7020.61×20.70××20.24
27/6Gong LijiaoCHN20.2220.1319.6719.9119.7620.2220.00
39/4Li LingCHN19.6318.8718.7719.28×19.6319.58
410/2Michelle CarterUSA19.4219.0518.8318.9219.4219.1218.88
51/3Liu XiangrongCHN19.1819.1818.8818.74×18.4718.77
66/1Geisa ArcanjoBRA19.0218.27×19.02××17.19
72Irina TarasovaRUS19.0019.0018.80×
812Natalia DucóCHI18.8018.8018.7018.62
94Christina SchwanitzGER18.4718.2018.47×
105Natallya MikhnevichBLR18.4218.42×18.27
AC11/8Nadzeya AstapchukBLR21.3620.0121.3121.3621.1521.32×DQ7
AC3/5Yevgeniya KolodkoRUS20.4819.4519.52×××20.48DQ8