2016 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 Put20.42
1Women's Shot Put, Qualification19.74 Q
1Women's Shot Put, Qualification, Group A19.74 Q
2Women's Shot Put, Final20.42

Medal Tracker

Total Medal Leaders
  • 121
    USA
  • 70
    CHN
  • 67
    GBR
  • Gold
    46
    USA
    GBR27
    CHN26
  • Silver
    37
    USA
    GBR23
    CHN18
  • Bronze
    38
    USA
    CHN26
    JPN21
Total Medal Leaders
  • 6
    Phelps
    Phelps
  • 5
    Ledecky
    Ledecky
  • 5
    Biles
    Biles
  • Gold
    5
    Phelps
    Phelps
    Ledecky4
    Biles4
  • Silver
    3
    Hammer
    Hammer
    Manuel2
    McKeon2
  • Bronze
    2
    Adrian
    Adrian
    Oleksiak2
    Chalmers2