Gold: Michelle Carter (United States)
Silver: Valerie Adams (New Zealand)
Bronze: Anita Marton (Hungary)
Michelle Carter saved her best for last, throwing 20.63m (67 feet, 8 ¼ inches) on her final throw to claim the gold medal. Her winning throw broke the American record.
New Zealand’s Valerie Adams seemed poised to become the first woman to win three consecutive Olympic shot put gold medals. Her best throw, 20.42m (67 feet), had her in first place by .55m (1 foot, 9 3/4 inches) until Carter’s final throw.
Carter, a certified professional makeup artist who is nicknamed the “Shot Diva,” became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in the event since 1960, when Earlene Brown claimed bronze.
Carter’s father, Michael was the 1984 Olympic shot put silver medalist. He also won three Super Bowl rings as a football player with the San Francisco 49ers.
Adams’ brother, Steven Adams, is a seven-foot center for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Valerie, who is 6-foot-4, still refers to him as “lil bro.”
The men’s shot put competition will begin on August 18. Poland’s Tomasz Majewski is the two-time defending Olympic champion.