Tokyo Olympics Athletics: Valarie Allman clinches gold medal in women’s discus throw as Kristin Pudenz settles for silver

India's Kamalpreet Kaur, who was impressive in the semifinal finished sixth in the finals as she managed only three legal throws.

Valarie Allman
Valarie Allman

America’s Valarie Allman has emerged as the women’s discus throw champion at the Tokyo Olympics. Allman produced a gigantic 68.98m throw in her very first attempt and it proved enough to clinch the gold medal at Tokyo. German Kristin Pudenz finished second with a 66.86 as she registered her personal best.

Cuban Yaime Perez completes the top three. Perez produced a 65.72m throw to secure a podium finish just ahead of CA Liliana who managed a best throw of 65.01m.

The event was interrupted by rain as athletes geared up to take their third throw. Despite the rain, the organisers decided to go ahead for as many as three throws before they halted play. The athletes who faltered due to the rain were given rethrows as the event resumed.

Women’s discus throw: India’s Kamalpreet Kaur finishes sixth

Kamalpreet Kaur, women's discus throw
Kamalpreet Kaur

Indian discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur finished sixth in the final. Kaur was impressive in the qualification as she was one of the two women who managed to breach the automatic qualification mark. But she faltered in the final as she managed only three legal throws of the six available.

Kaur managed a best throw of 63.70m which came in her third throw. Unlike the qualifications, athletes appeared much better prepared to set a great field for the final. While she was impressive having managed to come sixth, India’s wait for maiden track and field medal at the Olympic Games continues.

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