LONDON – Chinese veteran shot-putter Lijiao Gong took home on Wednesday her first world title after winning a gold medal with a 19.94-meter mark in the 2017 IAAF World Championships at London Stadium.
Gong could finally add a gold to her collection after having won six medals in other major competitions.
The first runner-up, Hungarian Anita Marton, finished her final shot at 19.49 meter while Olympic champion from the United States Michelle Carter finished third in the game with her final shot at 19.14 meters.
With bronze and silver medals in the javelin and a silver medal in hammer throw, China showed it is a force to be reckoned with in throwing sports. The Asian country sent three athletes to compete in the shot put finals and Lijiao Gong was the leader of the qualifying round.
Gong, who has competed in big finals since 2007 is the only one who has surpassed the 20-meter barrier this year, achieving a 20.11 meter.
With the absence of Valerie Adams, four-time champion from New Zealand and German Christina Schwanitz, who was expected to defend her world champion title this year, Gong finally took home her first gold medal.
Carter, Olympic champion in Rio and world champion in indoor athletics, arrived in London after being surpassed in the US national championships by Raven Saunders and Danielle Bunch.