17 SEP 2006 General News

Women's Shot Put

The winner’s comments summed up an entertaining event – “The competition was really tough.”

Tough, but more precisely a battle which saw the former World Youth and Junior champion Valerie Vili of New Zealand, here representing Oceania, bring her Area a 9pts win, and secure herself a US$30,000 payday and her first senior global title.

“Athens is an amazing town. I am really happy for my win inside this stadium. The most important thing is that I gave nine points to Oceania.” 

Vili’s series was as solid as a rock with the exception of a foul on her fourth and last put - 19.85m, 19.87m, 19.56m.

European champion Natallia Khoroneko (19.06m) for Europe was never in the true fight, finishing fourth, neither was Olympic champion Yumileidi Cumba of Cuba (19.12 – 3rd) for the Americas.

It was Russia’s Olga Ryabinkina who provided Vili’s stiffest challenge via a third round 19.54m.

Chris Turner

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