21 Feb 2009

Valerie Vili backs up Beijing win over world number one

7:23 am on 21 February 2009

The Olympic champion Valerie Vili has won the shot put at the Black Singlet Invitational athletics meet in Auckland, beating her arch rival Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus by just over a metre.

Vili's best throw of 20.25 metres again beat the Belorussian Olympic bronze medallist, who maintained on arrival that her loss in Beijing was a one-off and she was determined to show she was the best in Auckland.