Track and Field athlete of United States of America Valarie Allman won the Gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in the discus throw event on Monday. She made her first throw at 68.98 and maintained her spot at the top.
Things to know about the American Discus thrower Valarie Allman -
- Valarie Carolyn Allman is an athlete who studied product design and scored a podium finish at the ongoing Olympics.
- She had done her Bachelor's in Product Design at Standard University and later also joined the same for masters in Communications.
- Valarie is originally from Longmont, Colorado. She did her schooling at Silver Creek High School (Longmont, Colo.)
- Allman was coached under Zebulon Sion in the track and field sport.
- Valarie was an accomplished dancer before switching her field to jumping and sprinting. She later specialised in the discus throw.
- Allman threw a 66.42m in her first attempt at the Women's discus throw event.
- Valarie Allman and the Indian discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur were the only two athletes to have automatically qualified for the finals as they crossed the mark of 64.00m which is the automatic qualification mark for the final for women's discus throw.
- Apart from India and America, other countries like Italy, Croatia, Germany and Cuba were also competing in the event at the Tokyo Olympics.
- On Sunday, August 1, Allman broke the American record of discus throw by throwing an extra metre approximately. She broke the record of Gia Lewis-Smallwood from 2014 of 69.17m.
- At the Iron Wood Throws Center Invitational in Idaho crossed the 70 m which no other athlete had done in almost a decade. Her record stands at 70.15m in her first attempt.
- The major achievements of Discus Thrower Valarie Allman also include the following -
- 2019 IAAF World Championships, Seventh (discus)
- 2017 IAAF World Championships, Q2 - 14th (discus)
- 2014 IAAF World U20 Championships, silver (discus)
- 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, gold (discus)