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szdaily -> Sports
Gong ends long wait for shot put gold
    2017-August-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

CHINA’S Gong Lijiao made the most of the absence of reigning champion Christina Schwanitz and four-time champion Valerie Adams to win gold in the women’s shot put at the IAAF World Championships on Wednesday.

After claiming six major silver or bronze medals since the 2008 Olympic Games, the 28-year-old Chinese athlete managed a best of 19.94 meters for China’s first gold medal of the championships.

In difficult conditions under pouring rain at the London Stadium, Hungary’s Anita Marton claimed silver with 19.49, while American Olympic champion Michelle Carter took bronze (19.14).

Gong was left delighted with China’s first shot title since Huang Zhihong won her second gold in Stuttgart in 1993, saying: “I was a bit worried about my condition because two years ago I was heading for gold and I changed a couple of things after the Olympic Games in Rio.

“I competed more this year to be ready for these championships.”

Although Gong said she was not in the top of her form, she already won three Diamond League titles in a run this season and proved to be the strongest in the field. “The second attempt put me in the lead but I was worried someone would make a better throw because 19.35 was really not that convincing,” she said. “I knew I had secured the victory after the fifth attempt.”

After the fifth attempt, Gong bounced up and down with both fists in the air to celebrate. She has waited for so long.

Before the London trip, Gong had competed in five world championships earning one silver and two bronzes since making her name at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, where the then 18-year-old finished seventh with 18.66 meters.

She has also taken part in three Olympic Games, collecting one silver and one bronze, and two editions of the World Indoor Championships, taking bronze in 2014. But she has never managed to set foot on the top of the podium in any major international competitions.

“My next goal is of course the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said Gong, who will be 31 then.

(SD-Xinhua)

 

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