Belarus’ Nadzeya Ostapchuk takes a throw in a women’s shot put qualification round during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus won the women’s shot put gold medal at the London Olympics on Monday, pushing New Zealand’s Valerie Adams into second place.
The 31-year-old Ostapchuk, world champion in 2005, had the best mark of 21.36 meters on the third of her six attempts.
Adams, who came to London as the defending Olympic, world, world indoor and Commonwealth champion and on a long winning streak, settled for silver with a best shot of 20.70.
Russia’s Evgeniia Kolodko moved into bronze medal position with her last throw of 20.48.