Michelle Carter, the reigning women’s Olympic shot put champion, has become the latest star athlete to support the IAAF Heritage World Athletics Championships Exhibition in Doha, Qatar.
Michelle Carter has generously donated the USA team top which she wore on the morning of 12 August 2016 in the qualification round of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to the IAAF Heritage Collection. At those games, Carter became the first American to win the women’s Olympic shot put title since the event was first contested in 1948.
Michelle Carter, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Champion, said:
My donation to IAAF Heritage is about ‘giving-back’ to the sport which has done so much for me. I had the example of my father’s throwing career to inspire me. I hope the public display of my Rio uniform will help to motivate future generations of kids to take up sport, keep fit and have the confidence to excel at whatever they choose to do in life.’
Carter’s Rio top will join hundreds of other track and field artefacts on public display in the IAAF Heritage World Athletics Championships Exhibition, which is situated in the City Center Doha, the largest shopping mall in Qatar. The exhibition, which was opened on 18 April by IAAF President Sebastian Coe, will run through to Monday 7 October, a day after the end of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha (27 September – 6 October).
Among the other interesting throwing artefacts on display in Doha is Valerie Adams’ warm-up shot from the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Anita Wlodarczyk’s hammer which she threw in 2015 to win a world record of 81.08 m which was also the first throw by a woman to exceed 80 metres!
The IAAF Heritage World Athletics Championships Exhibition is open from 10 am to 10 pm every day (until midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday). The exhibition is located in 400 metre-squared space on the third floor of the City Center Doha, 4th Street, West Bay Area.