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One Year After Olympic Gold, Michelle Carter Wins Shot Put World Championship Bronze

By Karen Price | Aug. 09, 2017, 5:31 p.m. (ET)

Michelle Carter competes in the women's shot put at the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium on Aug. 9, 2017 in London.


Nearly a year after winning Olympic gold in the shot put, Michelle Carter was in contention for a world title and earned the bronze medal on a rainy Wednesday evening in London at the IAAF World Championships.

Carter earned her second career medal at the world championships and the third for Team USA in women's shot put.

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Gong Lijiao of China had a throw of 19.94 meters on her second-to-last attempt to take the lead. Carter’s sixth and final throw went 18.97 meters, shy of her best throw of 19.14 meters on her fourth attempt that earned her the bronze. Anita Marton of Hungary moved into position for silver on her final throw of 19.49 meters. Lijiao has the world’s longest throw this season at 20.11 meters.

Carter, a three-time Olympian, entered the final ranked fifth in the world with a season-best throw of 19.34 meters and threw 18.92 meters to earn her spot in the final. She also won gold at the world indoor championships in 2016 and bronze in the world championships in 2015.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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