Silver for Valerie Adams
Tue, 07 Aug 2012 6:15a.m.
Valerie Adams won silver in the London Olympics women's shot put, beaten by a stunning series of throws by her great rival Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus.
Ostapchuk had four throws out past the 21-metre mark in the final with her third round effort of 21.36m her best.
Adams could only manage 20.70m with her best, also in the third round, while Russia's Evgeniia Kolodko won bronze with a final throw of 20.48m.
Adams held every title in the women's shot put coming into the event, including the Olympic title from Beijing in 2008, and had won 24 consecutive competitions since her last defeat in 2010.
But Beijing bronze medallist, Ostapchuk, 31, had thrown 21.58m in her home country this year, further than Adams had ever thrown.
Adams took the lead in the first round with a throw of 20.61m, further than the 20.56m she threw to win in Beijing four years ago.
But Ostapchuk blew the 27-year-old world champion away with a second round throw of 21.31m, further than Adams' personal best.
Adams improved to 20.70m with her third throw but Ostapchuk responded with 21.36m, looking unstoppable.
The New Zealander was under pressure from there and couldn't improve stepping out the circle with her next two efforts, clearly the second-best on the night, with Setback producing two more 21m-plus throws.
Adams was looking to become be the first person to successfully defend the women's shot put title since Tamara Press in 1964.
It was New Zealand's first silver medal of the 2012 Olympics and brings their medal tally to eight.
Meanwhile Adams says the drama of discovering she was missing from the official startlist for the Olympic shot put caused her stress she didn't need.
Adams' name was missing from the list of athletes to contest the women's shot put, an event she has dominated for five years.
The New Zealand Olympic Committee put it down to an "administrative error" and said the matter was dealt with swiftly once they were aware of it. An inquiry into how it happened has been ordered.
Adams says the error didn't help her prepare for the event, in which she was beaten for the first time in nearly two years, though the winning throw was 12cm more than Adams' personal best set in the World Championships last year.
"I don't want to make any excuses but it was a couple of hours of stress. It's something you just don't need, you would think that they would take care of it," she said.
"It's the sort of stuff you don't need to deal with. My manager will deal with it." 3 News / NZN
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9/08/2012 1:35:09 a.m.
VON MELBOURNE wrote:
We're kiwis in Melbourne supporting Team Val. Congratulations on your silver medal. My husband says "if NZ won't register her, Australia sure will!" What poor form from NZOC! Val's support and fan base are extremely disappointed with the NZOC. The public also want a formal apology. See you in Rio, Val (registered we hope).
8/08/2012 6:25:09 p.m.
I believe that it was an unnecessary error and a huge jolt for Valerie to have had to endure. The NZOC & The NZ Athletic Commission should take responsibility and not be the spineless finger pointers and single one person who made the error out. My belief in sports is that it will always be a champion team that will win over a team of champions. NZOC you should be ashamed to place the blame fully on one administrator!! I no longer have any respect for the heirachy of the Sporting authorities involved with the olympics. I will only support the sports people.
8/08/2012 12:54:10 p.m.
The best Shot Putter i've ever seen and a alsome NEW ZEALANDER Shot putter....Love you Valerie Adams
7/08/2012 9:07:02 p.m.
The bumbling Dave Currie needs to take the fall for this shocking display of ineptitude. It seems that he is too busy performing hakas for the underperforming swimmers and dishing out greenstone pendants to perform his basic duties as Chef De Mission.
7/08/2012 8:45:26 p.m.
phily edwards wrote:
Tino miharo koe!!! You're the man Valerie!!! Keep your chin up girl...you've done us proud!!! Me and my whanau have been fans of you since day 1...and we are proud of you:-D If I was to see you on the street I wud soooo come up n give YOU the huge high five kiss n hug lol..why did NZ olympix forget to register UUUUU!!!!! I cant believe it!!!! Its all their fault girl not yours, keep your chin up coz U deserve it!!!!!!
You are so be-a-U-ti-fullllll!!!! Yeeeeaaahhhh:-) phily edwards (Ngaruawahiaaaaa)
7/08/2012 7:56:56 p.m.
Well done VAL, you have a silver great effort and be proud of all you have achieved, you inspire people and that is a unique gift. You are gold pure and simple.
7/08/2012 7:47:12 p.m.
VAL, you make me proud to be a Kiwi, your drive, your passion is inspiring, much luv...C U in Rio
7/08/2012 7:43:16 p.m.
Your amazing Val! We are behind you and very proud of you. Your an awesome
ambassador for NZ. Be proud stand tall.
7/08/2012 7:37:13 p.m.
You cannot ask more than for someone to do their best and as you put it .. you left your heart out there! You did great! Well done Val... NZ is so proud of you! You are an inspiration please don't be distraught *hugs*
7/08/2012 7:37:10 p.m.
Hi there, my family and i (hubby & 2 teenage boys)moved here in 2005 from wales uk, we watched the beijing and now the london olympics. We are so so proud of valerie adams, she got to the olympics AND got a silver medal. Dont dwell on the past and say what happened this time - she did her best and thats all anyone can do, WE ARE VERY PROUD OF HER x
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