15 Mar 2010

Vili beaten at world indoor champs

6:59 pm on 15 March 2010

The New Zealand shot putter Valerie Vili has suffered her first defeat in 2 and a half years, finishing second at the World Indoor Championships in Doha.

The Belarussian Nadzeya Ostapchuk won the gold, while Vili was 36 cm back in the silver medal position.

Ostapchuk, who had thrown the longest throw in 22 years indoors or out with a mighty 21.70m last month, went into the event as favourite and a sixth round effort of 20.85m inside a defeaning Aspire Dome secured gold.

For Vili, the defending champion and the reigning Olympic and World outdoor champion, a best of 20.49m was only good enough for silver with Ostapchuk's team-mate, Natallia Mikhnevich, the 2006 champion, taking bronze.

Ostapchuk took the World outdoor title in 2005.

Vili's record, the longest unbeaten streak in the sport - some 28 successive final victories spanning two-and-a half years is over.