Tokyo Olympics: Dame Valerie Adams in no rush to decide future after completing medal set with Tokyo bronze

Dame Valerie Adams is in no rush to decide her future, hours after winning her bronze medal.

And as for the two children who inspired her success, well, they're not too fazed about the whole thing.

With her latest medal in a large collection, and the 'sunglasses superstar' Maddison Wesche at her side, Dame Valerie  could not be happier.

"Lots of tears of joy, lots of feelings of elation, and just really emotional," Dame Valerie tells Newshub.

"I'm just happy. Super, super happy."

Sunday's bronze was even more special than the Olympic golds in Beijing and London, and the silver in Rio.

That's because the world has changed so much - and so has her world, after having two children and discovering one of them had type 1 diabetes.

"Lots of things have happened, with pandemics, and medical illnesses within my own family with my baby," Dame Valerie adds.

"To be able to overcome those things, make some really difficult choices, move cities to make this dream come true. And here we are.

This medal wasn't just for Dame Valerie - but for her two little ones. Even if mum is a world famous sports star, she's still just mum. 

"My children don't know what's going on, and I appreciate that," she jokes.

"If I can get my children on the phone, and I can show them animals, or I can show them colours, and I ask them 'what is this?' and they repeat it back to me, that brings me so much joy."

As for the future - there's no rest for Dame Valerie Adams. 

She'll stay in Tokyo for another month, supporting her sister Lisa in the Paralympics.

And after that: 

"I haven't taken any time off for a very long time now. So I just need to reconnect. Really reconnect with my team and connect with my children and my family, and just see what's up."

And as for our newest shot put sensation, Maddison Weshe's sunglasses are still on.

"It's a bit weird with all these eyes on me, because I'm so private," Weshe tells Newshub.

"But if people love it, then that's all that really matters."

The 22-year-old finished sixth, not far behind Dame Val, an inspiration for someone just starting their road to the podium.

"It was really cool to not just be here in Tokyo, but to see the throw. It's pretty cool."

Adams said her main emotion after winning gold in Beijing and London was relief, because she was expected to win and didn't want to let New Zealand down.

This time the expectation was low so she got to feel the pure joy of success and every Kiwi knows she deserves that.