16 JUL 2004 General News

Women's Shot Put - Qualification round

The favourite for this title, Russia’s Anna Avdeyeva, was the only athlete to achieve the automatic qualification of 15.70 in Group A, waiting until the final round to unleash a massive put of 16.65, for a mark that was over a metre better than the next best qualifier Radoslava Mavrodieva (BUL), who managed 15.61 with her second throw.

After the first round, South Africa’s Marli Knoetze was leading with a best of 15.35, with Aymara Albury of the Bahamas second with 15.20 and Germany’s Heike Koderisch third with 15.10.

But in the second round, the positions changed, as Israel’s Jean Sivan grabbed a qualifying spot with 15.52 as did Denise Kemkers of the Netherlands with 15.29, bumping Koderisch out of a place in the final.

The B Group was more competitive, with four athletes achieving the automatic mark, including Christina Schwanitz (GER) with her first throw of 16.44, and Magdalena Sobieszek (POL) who achieved 15.89 in the first round as well, a new personal best.

Russia’s Irina Tarasova opened with 15.62, before improving to 15.81 for an automatic qualifier. Hrisi Moisidou of Greece ensured her own qualification with her last throw, to improve from 15.42 to 15.74. Two more athletes qualified from this group, the American Michelle Carter, with 15.61, and Annie Alexander of Trinidad with 15.34.