18 Aug 2009

Vili wins shot put world title

5:08 am on 18 August 2009

The New Zealand athlete Valerie Vili has successfully defended her world shot put title.

Vili won the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin with a throw of 20. 44 metres.

Vili was under early pressure from the German Nadine Kleinert and didn't take the lead until the third round.

She finished 24cm ahead of Kleinert with Lijiao Gong of China third.

Vili is now a twice world champion and Olympic champion.