Valerie Adams wins indoor gold medal

  • 08/03/2014

Valerie Adams added another gold medal to her shot put stockpile while Kiwi compatriot Nick Willis was disqualified after the 1500m final at the world indoor championships in Poland.

Adams, 29, dominated her eight-woman final in Sopot on Sunday (NZT) winning with a best distance of 20.67m.

It eclipsed the 19.94m achieved by German silver medallist Christina Schwanitz. Both throwers produced their longest throws in the fifth round of six. China's Lijiao Gong was a distant third with a best of 19.24m.

It was her third world indoor crown, adding to her wins at Valenica in 2008 and Istanbul in 2012. She has also won four world outdoor titles and twin gold medals at both the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

Shortly afterwards Willis crossed the line fourth in the 1500m final but was subsequently disqualified for a lane violation.

The former Olympic silver medallist clocked three minutes 38.47 seconds, which was just 0.26sec behind Moroccan bronze medallist Abdalaati Iguider.

The tight race was won by Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti in 3:37.52.

It was deja vu for US-based Willis when he learned his fate soon after the race. He was disqualified for a similar transgression when placing fifth in the final of the 2008 world indoor championships.

Adams is unbeaten in 44 competitions since 2010, when she was beaten into second place by Belarusian Nadzeya Ostapchuk at the world indoor championships in Doha.

The Aucklander was never challenged from her opening heave, landing all of her five legal throws beyond the 20m mark, a feat nobody else could achieve once.

She produced a foul in the third round, blighting an outstanding sequence that read 20.06m, 20.41m, 20.10m, 20.67m and 20.16m.

Her career best in indoor competition is 20.98m, set in Zurich last August.

It was just her second competition of the year, having won with a best of 20.19m at a meet in Christchurch two weeks ago - her first event since knee and ankle surgery.

Adams' triumph follows the surprise bronze medal in the men's shot put to 22-year-old Tom Walsh, who was competing in his first major international meet.

The remaining New Zealander to compete at the three-day meet is African-based distance runner Zane Robertson in the men's 3000m final on Monday (NZT).


source: newshub archive