Today’s Diamond League meeting in Paris was a clash of titans in the shot put. The current Olympic and World Champion Valerie Adams lost against German shot put star Christina Schwanitz. Schwanitz’s best toss was 20,31m and ended Adams’ winning streak of 56 victories in a row.
Since August 18, 2010, shot put Olympic and World Champion Val Adams was unbeaten. The past ten month Adams did not compete due to an elbow injury. The New Zealander did not comeback in her top form. With 18,79m she placed 5th in Paris, a placement she was not used to the past decade. But she is optimistic and does not regret having started in Paris. “I wanted to compete and I knew that my winning streak would be in danger, despite that I’m not very sad…”.
However, once again in top form, was World Championship silver medalist Christina Schwanitz. Four of her five valid attempts would have been enough for the victory. BeforeSchwanitz‘s last attempt it was clear she would have won the competition but nevertheless she heaved the 4kg ball further than her 5 previous attempts. The 6th round toss landed on 20.31m, the 6th furthest throw in her career.
Lijiao Gong (China) secured the second place with 19.75m. Dieter Kollark, former coach of Franka Dietsch (DT PB 69,51m) and Astrid Kumbernuss (SP PB 21.22m), is coaching Gong in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Third place went to Michelle Carter (USA) 19.37m, and Cleopatra Borel (Trinidad and Tobago) 19,07m landed before Adams and Jeneva Stevens tied for 5th place.
“Despite a wasp sting shortly after the warm-up and the heat in Paris I also rocked this Diamond’s League meeting. I won with 20.31m and had two more throws beyond the 20m mark!!! Thank you for all your fingers being crossed.”
I finished third today with a 19.37m=63ft 7in on my last throw ????… I felt good… Working through timing issues. #NeedToBeReadyForWorlds #Beijing2015 #ShotDiva #YouThrowGirl #ThrowLikeAGirl
What a day. I’m happy to be back competing. Was tough out there but it’s sport. Am looking forward to my next competition and to keep building this old girl up. Thanks to all for the continued love and support since post op. The journey continues. #TeamAdams #ParisDL
Video Paris: Women’s Shot Put – Top 3
Source: leichtathletik.de by Silke Morrissey