Michelle Carter, daughter of top Olympian & former 49er, wins Rio gold in shot put

Michelle Carter of the USA celebrates after winning the women's Shot Put final of Rio; it was the first ever shot put gold for an American woman

Michelle Carter, daughter of a former top American footballer and Olympian, won the USA’s first-ever women’s shot put Olympic gold after a dramatic final twist.

The thirty-year-old Californian, whose father played for the San Francisco 49ers and won a silver in the shot put in the 1984 LA Olympics, struck gold with her final throw.

The American record holder gave everything as she hurled the shot 20.63 meters to snatch gold from New Zealand’s Valerie Adams. Bronze was secured by Anita Marton of Hungary.

Michelle Carter, daughter of a former top American footballer and Olympian, won the USA’s first-ever women’s shot put Olympic gold after a dramatic final twist   The American record holder gave everything as she hurled the shot 20.63 meters  to snatch gold from New Zealand’s Valerie Adams

She said afterwards: ‘I’m just so happy. Just everything. I knew that was the last throw and (I had) nothing after this.’

She paid tribute to her father Michael who is her coach and spent nine seasons in the NFL and played a pivotal role in three successful three Super Bowl campaigns with the 49ers.

A jubilant Michelle , who is a professional make-up artist, said: ‘He’s my coach today, and he’s given me everything that he knows to be the best shot putter I can be.

‘My family’s so awesome. They help me be the person I can be.’

She said her mother Sandra would have certainly been tearful at her gold medal.

‘I can’t imagine what my mum’s doing right now, I can guarantee she’s probably crying.’

Like father like daughter: Michael Carter competes in the shot put during the 1984 Los Angeles games - he earned silver

Double threat: Michael Carter also played for the San Francisco 49ers and was a three-time Super Bowl champion 

Michelle’s motto is : ‘When you look good, you feel good and you will do good.’

She said she was feeling more than good last night after finally landing a medal at her third Olympics.

Before becoming America’s first golden girl in the shot put last night, she had held the American record, but smashed it last night with her final effort at the Olympic Stadium.

The last time the US won a medal in the women’s shot put was in 1960 when Earlene Brown won a bronze.

But Michelle’s victory means she and her coach become the first father-daughter combination from Team USA to claim Olympic medals.

Source: The DailyMail

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