06.08.2012 / 23:13

Nadzieja Astapchuk Wins Women's Shot Put Gold

And scored Belarus' 8th Olympic medal.

Nadzieja Astapchuk of Belarus won the womens shot put at the London Olympics on Monday, bringing a third gold medal for the nation at the Olympics, BelaPAN says.

The 31-year-old athlete had the best effort of 21.36 meters, 66 centimeters further than the best throw of runner-up Valerie Adams of New Zealand.

Ms. Astapchuk was fourth at the 2004 Athens Olympics with a put of 19.01 meters and third at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with 19.86 meters.

Now, Belarus possesses 8 Olympic medals: three gold, two silver and three bronze ones.