Athletics: Lisa Adams breaks world record to win gold at World Para-Athletics Championships

She smashed the record by 18cm at the World Para Athletics Championships.
She smashed the record by 18cm at the World Para Athletics Championships. Photo credit: Getty

Lisa Adams, the sister of double-Olympic champion Dame Valerie Adams, has won gold with a record throw in the women's shot put F37 at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai.

Adams, who has cerebral palsy, threw 14.80m to win her first global title, having only taken up the sport two years ago.

Her throw was 18cm more than her previous best, set in March in Auckland.

The 28-year-old is coached by her four-time world champion sister.

"It's been a hard and fast road. I've been training for a year and a half, and this is my international debut," said Lisa Adams. 

"There's a bit of confidence out there after today, I had consistency and there are goals that we've made for later on, and this is a stepping-stone for that.

"I didn't come in with breaking the world record as a goal, so that's kind of a bonus."

Sister Valerie was in Dubai to celebrate the moment Lisa won.

"She's been there, done that, she's amazing in her own field and she's done the world champion thing, so she knows everything I am feeling," she told the BBC. 

"It's amazing to be able to share that and talk about how we're feeling. I know she's really proud of me.

"But my biggest inspiration is my son. As a parent, you just want the best for your kids, so I just want my son to be able to follow his dreams.

"At my age now, I've created dreams and goals that I want to follow, and I want him to be able to do the same and be able to see that I am working hard and that it is paying off."

Caitlin Dore finished seventh in the shot put F37, with a best throw of 9.50m in the final round, a new PB and Otago record for the Dunedin-based thrower.

 "I had six consistent, good throws, so pretty stoked with the series. Discus is Tuesday night, and I am raring to go, I've really got a feel for it now and am excited."

Adams and Dore will compete in the discus F38 on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Danielle Aitchison and Anna Grimaldi have both won silver in their respective events. 

A new Oceania record time of 29.86s secured the silver medal for Danielle Aitchison in the 200m T36 final.

Grimaldi claimed her medal in the long jump with best leap of 5.50m