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Michelle Carter puts Team USA on the map by becoming the first woman to win the gold medal in shot put.
Olympic track and field thrower Michelle Carter made #BlackGirlMagic history Friday night becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic shot put title.
Her winning throw, which also dubs as a personal record, flew approximately 20.63 meters, which was just enough to pass the event’s projected winning pick, Valerie Adams of New Zealand, who threw 20.42 meters. But Carter’s new winning title isn’t the only record she broke on Friday.
According to NPR, “[Michelle] and her father, Michael, are now Team USA’s first father-daughter combination to medal at the Games.” Michael, who who coached Michelle for this year’s Olympics, told IAAF.org that he was numb after watching his daughter break down barriers and follow in his footsteps winning an Olympic gold medal.
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Carter’s winning throw was a result of her third and final throw. “I knew I had more in the tank,” Carter told reporters after her event. “And to be able to go out there and put the pieces together and pull it out, I’m just really excited.”
While the 30-year-old athlete made her mark Fridy night, she didn’t receive her medal until Saturday. And the anticipation was nothing short of exciting.
“Of course, I can’t wait until I get the medal and I can walk around the house and say ‘Daddy, I got you,'” Michelle said.
Michelle’s win is another feat for Black girls making a statement throughout the Rio Olympics, adding her name to the winner’s circle alongside Simone Biles, Simone Manuel and Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson who was named the fastest woman in the world winning the 100-meter sprint.
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