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Lindsay Wilcox, NBC 5 News
Michelle Carter made her debut at the London Olympic Games, and her sister D'Andra, cheered her on from her hometown of Red Oak.
Red Oak's Michelle Carter fell short in her bid for an Olympic medal in the women's shot put Monday.
Carter earned a spot in the finals on her first and best put of 18.63m. In the finals, the best distance she could muster was 19.42m, which earned her sixth place overall.
Carter, the lone American in the finals, was a full meter off the mark for bronze set by Russia's Evgeniia Kolodko.
Belarus' Nadzeya Ostapchuk took gold with a best put of 21.36m, while the silver went to New Zealand's Valerie Adams for her put of 20.7m.
Carter, a two-time Olympian, will leave the London games without a medal. Her London finish, while not producing a medal, was better than her appearance in Beijing, where she finished 15th with a top mark of 17.74m.
The Texan and her father, Michael, both hold the National High School records in shot put. Carter set the record in 2003 at the Texas state championship, and her father set the record in 1979.