2020 Summer Olympics - Athletes

Shot put

Valerie Adams

Date of birth

1984-10-06

Birthplace

Rotorua

Height

193 cm

Weight

120.0 kg

Olympic Games (2 medals: 2 gold)

  • Shot put : 1st (2008, 2012)

World Championships (5 medals: 4 gold, 1 silver)

  • Shot put : 1st (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013), 2nd (2005)

World Indoor Championships (5 medals: 3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)

  • Shot put: 1st (2008, 2012, 2014), 2nd (2010), 3rd (2016)

Bouncing back

Two-time Olympic champion (2008, 2012), four-time world champion, and undefeated between August 2010 and July 2016, New Zealander Valerie Adams will be hot favourite in the shot put in Rio.

Brought up by her Tongan mother after her English father had abandoned the family, she took up the shot put aged 13. With her imposing frame (1.93m, 120kg) and impeccable technique, she soon established herself as one of the stars of the discipline.

Adams had a difficult 2015, as injury forced her out of the world championships in Beijing. Rio is her chance to bounce back and make shot put history, by becoming the first woman to win 3 successive Olympic titles.

Results

Women's Shot Put

Women's Shot Put19.62
6Women's Shot Put, Qualification18.83 Q
3Women's Shot Put, Qualification, Group B18.83 Q
3Women's Shot Put, Final19.62

Medal Tracker

Overall Medal Leaders

  • 113
    USA
  • 88
    CHN
  • 71
    ROC

Individual Medal Leaders

Gold
Gold
United StatesUSA 39
ChinaCHN 38
JapanJPN 27
Silver
Silver
United StatesUSA 41
ChinaCHN 32
Russian Olympic CommitteeROC 28
Bronze
Bronze
United StatesUSA 33
Russian Olympic CommitteeROC 23
Great BritainGBR 22

Overall Medal Leaders

  • 7
    McKeon
    McKeon
  • 5
    Dressel
    Dressel
  • 4
    McKeown
    McKeown

Individual Medal Leaders

Gold
Gold
United StatesDressel 5
AustraliaMcKeon 4
AustraliaMcKeown 3
Silver
Silver
Great BritainScott 3
United StatesLedecky 2
JapanHashimoto 2
Bronze
Bronze
AustraliaMcKeon 3
RussiaNagornyy 2
RussiaMelnikova 2

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