Carter’s American record leads 8-medal night for Team USA
The women’s shot put featured a see-saw battle between the most dominant championship thrower in the world and America’s best. And each time, Michelle Carter responded to become the first American woman ever to win gold in the event, and to become the world’s best.
Already the American record holder outdoors, Carter (Ovilla, Texas) went straight to the lead on her first legal throw of the competition, a heave of 18.90m/62-0.25. The ever-dominant Valerie Adams of New Zealand, the two-time defending Olympic champion who owns nine Olympic or world gold medals, took the lead in round three with her throw of 19.25m/63-2. Carter responded immediately, on the very next throw, with 19.31m/63-4.25 to take the lead entering the final three rounds of throwing.
In the sixth and final round, Anita Marton of Hungary took the lead from Carter with a toss of 19.33/63-5. Undaunted, Carter responded with a huge 20.21m/66-3.75 for an American record, breaking teammate Jillian Camarena-Williams’ previous AR of 19.89m/65-3.25
Her performance gave Carter the first World Championships gold of her career, having won bronze at the 2012 World Indoor Championships and 2015 World Outdoor Championships.
Jillian Camarena-Williams (Woodland, California), competing in her first IAAF World Championship event since maternity and back surgery, opened with 18.17m/59-7.5, which held up as her best throw of the competition, placing her fifth overall.
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