Michelle Carter of the United States celebrates after winning bronze in the Women's Shot Put final during day six of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 9, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Track & Field

Michelle Carter takes bronze at IAAF World Championships

Posted August 9th, 2017

Story highlights
  • Michelle Carter's final throw comes up short
  • Carter earns first medal for current and former Longhorns at World Championships this year
  • China's Lijiao Gong to takes gold

Michelle Carter had to deal with rain and tough competition as she took home a bronze medal Wednesday at the IAAF World Championships in London. Her best throw in the shot put went 62 feet, 9 1/2 inches and was good for the first medal won by a current or former Longhorn at the event.

Carter held second place heading into the final round, but Anita Marton of Hungary moved past her. Carter’s final throw came up short, allowing China’s Lijiao Gong to take gold, followed by Marton with silver.

The bronze was Carter’s second at the IAAF World Championships. She took her first bronze at the Worlds in Beijing in 2015. Carter won gold at both the 2016 World Championships and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.


Carter won Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 with a throw of 67 feet, 10 1/4 inches on her sixth and final attempt. She made history as she broke the American record and became the first female American to win gold. She also became the  first U.S. athlete to medal in the same event as her father. Instead of earning a silver medal like Michael Carter did in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Michelle took gold.