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American Carter takes gold in women’s shot put

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The United States has its first Olympic gold medal in track and field, thanks to Michelle Carter.

Carter won the shot put competition with a throw of 20.63 meters on her final attempt, surpassing New Zealand’s Valerie Adams (20.42 meters, a season best for her). While Adams’ longest attempt came on her second putting of the shot, Carter couldn’t get over the 20 meter hump until her final attempt. And that proved to be good enough to earn her first Olympic gold medal.

Carter also competed in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing 15th in the shot put in Beijing and fifth in London. Not only did Carter dethrone the two-time Olympic champion in Adams, but she also broke the American record of 20.24 meters that she set in 2013. Carter is the second American woman to medal in the shot put in Olympic history, with Earlene Brown taking bronze in 1960.

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Carter is the second member of her family to win an Olympic medal. Father Michael, who also won three Super Bowl rings as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, took silver in the shot put at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. In the NFL season that followed the 49ers would beat the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX, making Carter the only athlete to win an Olympic medal and a Super Bowl in the same season.

Taking bronze was Hungary’s Anita Marton, whose longest throw of 19.87 meters established a new national record. American Raven Saunders finished fifth at 19.35 meters, with that mark being registered on her final attempt and a personal record as well.

Adam Nelson’s comeback to continue at Olympic Trials

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Adam Nelson, the 2004 Olympic shot put champion, plans to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials six days shy of his 41st birthday.

Nelson, who has worked for NBC Sports, confirmed an report Tuesday that he has entered the trials.

In 2012, Nelson failed to qualify for the Olympic Trials final and retired.

“I just hope that when people think about me and my career, they see, one, that you can do this for a long time, there is a right way to do it,” an emotional Nelson told reporters then. “That when you do it the right way and you do it every single day, the hard work pays off time and time again. You’re going to have bad days, you’re going to have good days. But on balance you’re going to have more good days than bad days. I hope people that see that. The bottom line is, at the end of the day, if you don’t love it, don’t do it.”

Nelson’s comeback was first reported last summer.

He competed for the first time since missing the London Olympic team on April 30, throwing 20.48 meters, according to That ranks him outside the top 25 in the world this year and ninth among Americans.

It is just shy of the USA Track and Field automatic qualifying standard of 20.50 for the Olympic Trials, but athletes below the standard can be invited based on performance rank to compete at trials.

In May 2013, Nelson was elevated from 2004 Olympic silver to gold by the International Olympic Committee after Ukraine’s Yuriy Bilonog was stripped of it for doping. The Athens Olympic shot put competition was memorable given it was held at the Ancient Olympic site of Olympia.

In June 2013, Nelson was given a victory ceremony at the USA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. A wreath was placed on his head, as every medalist at the 2004 Olympics received. He listened to the national anthem play. He took a victory lap with an American flag around the track.

The next month, Nelson received his gold medal at an Atlanta airport food court, reportedly at a table in front of a Chinese restaurant.

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Germany’s 1996 Olympic discus champion wins IPC World Championships medal

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Ilke Wyludda, the 1996 Olympic women’s discus champion, earned a shot put bronze medal at the IPC World Track and Field Championships in Doha, Qatar, and could become the first athlete to win Olympic and Paralympic track and field medals in 2016.

Wyludda, 46, threw the discus at the Olympics in 1992, 1996 and 2000 after beginning her career competing for East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Her right leg was amputated above the knee nearly five years ago, after a leg wound that didn’t heal properly led to blood poisoning, according to the International Paralympic Committee, citing German reports.

Wyludda also placed fifth in the discus in Doha.

In 2012, she finished fifth in the shot put and ninth in the discus at the London Paralympics.

In 1996, Wyludda won Olympic discus gold with a 69.66-meter throw. In Doha, she threw 23.96 meters for fifth, with the winner throwing 34.31 meters.

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