September 27, 2021

Tokyo Olympics: Valerie Adams makes history with fourth shot put medal

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New Zealand’s Valerie Adams became the first woman to win medals at four Olympics in a single field event after claiming bronze in the women’s shot put.

The 36-year-old was the Olympic champion in 2008 and 2012 and won silver in 2016.

Adams also became the first athlete to compete in five different Olympic shot put finals.

China’s Gong Lijiao won gold and the USA’s Raven Saunders picked up silver.

Adams’ bronze capped a remarkable return to the top level of her sport following the birth of her son in 2019.

“I just hope to continue to inspire female athletes all around the world,” she said.

“If you want to have a kid and you want to come back and be at the top of the world, you can – you can absolutely do that.”

Great Britain’s Elizabeth Bird became the first British woman to make an Olympic 3,000m steeplechase final, qualifying as the fifth of six fastest losers in a time of nine minutes 24.34 seconds.

The final takes place at 12:00 BST on Wednesday.

Abigail Irozuru
Abigail Irozuru, making her debut at the Olympics after missing out on selection for London 2012 and suffering an injury in the run-up to Rio 2016, produced the eighth best jump of the morning

In the long jump, Bird’s Team GB team-mates Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers also progressed to Tuesday’s final with bests of 6.75m and 6.62m respectively. But Lorraine Ugen, competing less than 10 months after surgery on a hamstring tear, is out after registering 6.05m from her only legal jump.

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