UPDATE: Charleston’s own Raven Saunders will bring home a silver medal in the Women’s shot put final.
Saunders threw 19.79 M in the final throw, just behind China’s L.J. Gong who threw an impressive 20.58 m.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Lowcountry rallied behind Olympian and Charleston native Raven Saunders Saturday, as she competed in the women’s shot put finals.
Saunders qualified for the event Friday, coming in first in Group B and third overall.
The Burke High School graduate received support from leaders like Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, former teachers and coaches, family, friends, and fans as she competed in the qualifying and final rounds.
Saunders seemed to feel the love from halfway across the world, shouting out her hometown after advancing to the final round.
This is Saunders’ second time competing in the Olympics. She threw for Team USA in Rio, setting a personal best of 19.96 meters (just over 65 feet) and finishing fifth.