New Zealand’s Dame Valerie Adams Makes History with Fourth Olympic Shot Put Medal

Dame Valerie Adams of New Zealand became the first woman to win medals at four Olympics in a single field event after taking the bronze in the women’s shot put final on Aug. 1.

Adams won bronze in the final with a throw of 19.62 meters, coming after Chinese Lijiao Gong, who took gold with a throw of 20.58 meters, and American Raven Saunders, who took silver with a throw of 19.79 meters.

“This means so much more than winning my gold medals. I’ve worked so hard to be here today. I’ve worked so hard to put myself in a situation where I had the opportunity to try and win a medal for New Zealand,” Adams, 36, told Sky Sports after the final.

“I hope to continue to inspire female athletes all around the world that 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 and today’s a testament to that,” Adams also said.

Adams became the Olympic champion in the event in 2008 Beijing Games and the 2012 London Games. She won silver in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Adams also became the first athlete to compete in five different Olympic shot put finals. She first competed in the 2004 Athens Games where she placed eighth.

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