Thursday, August 09, 2012
The All American performer for the University of Minnesota took the lead with her first throw and never looked back. She threw a season's best of 68.55m on her fourth throw to clinch her victory. Her series went 66.90m, 66.80m, 66.24m, 69.55m, foul, foul.
Defending her title wasn't her motivation: "I didn't even dare to think about it in this competition. I didn't realise it but it will come tomorrow. I said to myself this evening, I have got lots of experience, and I am healthy, and I am 100%. I believe in myself.
"My coach (Jan Zelezny) has won (the Olympics) three times so I still have things to do. I feel amazing. I am 31 years old, I have got so much experience, and I am feeling healthy.
"It was a really strange competition this evening. The stadium was half-empty, but the atmosphere was great. And these Olympic Games are the biggest experience for athletes."
Posted by jdf at 6:12 PM