Shot Put Gold Won By USA's Michelle Carter - First Medal Since 1960
On the opening night of the track and field at the Rio Olympics, USA’s Michelle Carter caused an upset as she won gold in the women’s shot put. With a throw of 20.63m, Carter beat the heavy favorite, New Zealand’s Valerie Adams. Adams had won the event in 2008 and 2012. She had not lost since 2010.
An American woman has not won a medal in shot put since 1960, when Earlene Brown won bronze in Rome. The event has been in the Olympics for more than 120 years. Women couldn’t participate until 1948.
Carter has spoken in the past about how she hopes to change perceptions of women in the event. She told the New Yorker, “I think now, it’s like, ‘You know what? We’re girls and we can throw heavy balls and be in the dirt and we look good while we’re doing it. I think it’s bringing more attention to the sport and girls are realizing, Hey, I can do this and it’s OK to do this as a girl.”
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