For the first time in history, an American woman has become the shot put world champion.
Chase Alley A first effort of 20.49m won Saturday night’s shot put final at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, Oregon. She is the first women’s shot put world champion to win in her first attempt. According to Olympic sports historian Bill Mallon. (A video highlight of Elle’s win is embedded above.)
With this win, Allie is the first American woman to win the shot put world title since the event began in 1983. (In comparison, the US has claimed nine of the 17 world titles awarded in the men’s shot put.)
Eli is also the first American to win a world title at the 2022 World Championships, the first time the event has been held on US soil.
of china gong lijiaoThe two-time defending world champion and current Olympic gold medalist, finished second with the best throw in her fifth attempt (20.39m). Netherlands’ jessica shielder She finished third with a national record of 19.77m.
other American women in the finals, Jessica Woodward And Maggie Evenranked eighth and ninth respectively.
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Eli’s world championship win last year marks the end of a rollercoaster for the 27-year-old from Los Alamos, New Mexico.
After dealing with a protracted case of Covid-19, Allie did not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics last summer, finishing fifth at the US Olympic Trials. After a training session with Great Britain Sophie McKinna In January, Eli decided to move from Arizona to England to train with the coach. Paul Wilson In the City of York Athletic Club. She set a personal best of 20.51m in June to win the 2022 US national title.
Allie’s winning throw of 20.49 is the third farthest by an American woman, only behind Michelle CarterU.S. record (20.63m) and Ally holds her own personal best record.
For a full recap of the second day of competition at the 2022 World Track and Field Championships, visit OlympicTalk.
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