The 32-year-old from Beijing had to throw a personal best that saw her breeze to the Gold medal.
USA’s Raven Saunders – who battled depression after Rio 2016 – won an impressive Silver Medal (19.79m) with New Zealand’s throwing legend Valerie Adams (19.62m) winning Bronze. Bronze Medallist at Beijing 2008, Silver at London 2012 and fourth at Rio 2016, Gong finally upgraded her position to the Gold with a sparkling performance.
“I’m excited to win this Gold Medal. I’m not only winning this Gold Medal but this is also my personal best. I think all my efforts were worth it,” she said after the win. “I’m proud to win this competition for my country and not only for myself but also for all the people in China who supported me,” she told her countrymen back home.