Rio 2016 Olympic Games champion Michelle Carter brought her season to an end with a win but the Diamond Trophy went to Valerie Adams at the special city centre shot put competition held ahead of the main IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels Thursday.
Held in the historic surroundings of the Belgian capital’s Grand Place, and on a raised platform for maximum visibility, Carter saw Adams reach 18.97m in the opening round before fouling her first attempt.
Adams, who had the gold medal in Rio snatched out of her hands by Carter in the last round, improved to 19.32m in the second round.
Then everything fell into place for Carter who launched her shot out to 19.98m.
It proved to be the winning distance, and the fifth best competition in Carter’s long career which includes a world junior title back in 2004, but the excitement and long puts continued through all six rounds.
Adams improved to 19.48m in the third round to let Carter know she could never relax and closed the gap further with 19.57m in the final round.
However, Carter was the dominant figure in the competition and after her second effort, she added two more puts over 19.60m – 19.69m in the third round and 19.61m with the last attempt of the competition – to consolidate her victory.