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Kiwi breaks Shot Put record

22 Mar 06 11:27

New Zealand's Valerie Vili.

New Zealand's Valerie Vili has thrown a Games Record distance of 19.66m with her second attempt to win the gold medal in the Women's Shot Put at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Vili, the silver medallist from the Manchester Games, was the pre-competition favourite with a Personal Best 73cm further than that of the next best competitor - Gui Zhang of Singapore.

The Manchester gold medallist, Nigeria's Vivian Chukweumeka, could not match Vili and had to settle for the silver medal, after throwing 18.25m on her second attempt.

Trinidad & Tobago's Cleopatra Borel-Brown took the bronze medal with a best throw of 17.87m. Borel-Brown recently finished eighth in the Shot Put at the International Association of Athletics Federation  (IAAF) World Indoor Championships in Russia.

Vili is coached by Kristen Hellier, a former New Zealand javelin record holder and Commonwealth Games silver medallist.

"I'm bloody happy. You never know you’ve won until the end of the competition," said a delighted Vili.  

- Games News Service

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