TOKYO (AP) — Discus thrower Valarie Allman won the first track and field gold medal at the Tokyo Games for the United States.
Hardly anyone figured the country’s first medal at Olympic Stadium would come from women’s discus.
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Not because of the event — American Stephanie Brown Trafton won it at the 2008 Beijing Games — but because of where it fell on the schedule: Day 4.
Allman, 26, was a favorite for the gold medal. Only two American women have won a title in this event in the past.
Sh won the women's discus by 7.38 meters (24 feet, 3 inches) at the U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field in June with a throw of 69.92 meters (229 feet and 4.76 inches). All five of her allotted throws would have won the event.
In 2020, she set a U.S. record of 70.15 meters (230 feet and 1.81 inches).
She attended Stanford University and now lives in Longmont, Colorado.