Athletics Weekly - - Iaaf World Champs 2017 -

CHI­NESE ath­lete Gong

Li­jiao, who had pre­vi­ously won six global medals over her ca­reer, won her first ever gold medal in the Lon­don Sta­dium.

In poor weather con­di­tions she achieved five 19-me­tre throws and her last two ef­forts of 19.89m and 19.94m were in a dif­fer­ent class to the op­po­si­tion.

Anita Mar­ton, who has won 34 Hun­gar­ian shot and dis­cus ti­tles, moved up to sec­ond with her fi­nal throw of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Rio 2106 Olympic cham­pion Michelle Carter gained a bronze with 19.14m, a dis­tance that would have only pre­vi­ously medalled in 2005 after two much later ret­ro­spec­tive dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions. That dis­tance would have placed 13th in 1987, a con­test where 12 Euro­peans threw over 19 me­tres.

Europe hit an all-time low in Lon­don with just two bet­ter­ing 18 me­tres in qual­i­fy­ing and the fi­nal.

Rachel Wal­lader be­came the first Bri­tish com­peti­tor in the event since Judy Oakes in 1997 but fin­ished in 23rd with a best throw of 16.81m and went out in qual­i­fy­ing.

Gong Li­jiao: at last a gold

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