It was her first international championship, but Selina Dantzler showed no signs of nerves as she entered the shot put circle in the pouring rain on the first afternoon of the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017.
The girls' shot put final was billed as a battle between Germany and China, and there was no major surprise, with the two nations taking the top four places.
A German-Chinese dual match is the name of the game in the girls' shot put. Selina Dantzler start as favourite following a consistent series of results this season, topped by her recent 18.19m.
Taking firm control of the competition from the third round, Julia Ritter claimed a well-deserved victory at the IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015 in the girls’ shot put to become the second to win this event at these championships for Germany.
The girls’ shot put is shaping into a battle between the two most consistent putters in the world, Montenegro’s Kristina Rakocevic and Germany’s Julia Ritter.
Turkey’s Emel Dereli has dominated the girls’ Shot Put this year and last month threw a fine 19.99m, so it was no surprise to see the 17-year-old capture the World youth title in impressive fashion.