How Val Adams won the silver medal
Tue, 07 Aug 2012 9:18a.m.
How Valerie Adams won the silver medal at the London Olympics…
Qualifying, Monday morning: Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus qualifies first with 20.76m at her first throw. Adams has a no-throw at her first attempt but then qualifies second with 20.40m at her second throw.
Final, Tuesday morning:
Round 1: Adams records an impressive 20.61m at her first throw, further than she threw to win in Beijing. Ostapchuk responds with 20.01m, third behind Adams and China's Gong Lijiao (20.13m).
Round 2: Adams throws below 20m and walks through the circle, making it a no-throw. Ostapchuk then steps up big time, throwing 21.31m, beyond anything Adams has ever thrown.
Round 3: Under pressure, Adams improves to 20.70m. But Ostapchuk improves too, now out to 21.36m.
Round 4: Adams can't get her throw past 20m and puts a foot over the line to make it a no-throw, looking frustrated and seeking help from her coach Jean-Pierre Egger. Ostapchuk doesn't improve but she's again beyond 21m.
Round 5: The pressure is getting to Adams as she's again on the 20m line, again stepping out to make it a no-throw. Ostapchuk puts up another monster - 21.32m.
Round 6: Adams has one more shot at bettering the Belarussian but 20.24 is the best she can do. Ostapchuk steps over the line after her final throw but it doesn't matter - she's the Olympic champion.
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7/08/2012 10:08:27 a.m.
Ray Grimm wrote:
Thank you !!
7/08/2012 9:52:24 a.m.
Robert Holden wrote:
All the best and thank you from Conrads for making us proud.
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