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