Capital brightens during tribute

Val's victory booms around the harbour

MATT STEWART
Last updated 05:00 20/09/2012

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Wellington joined in the celebrations for Olympic gold medal shotputter Valerie Adams.

About 2000 spectators jammed the waterfront to watch a 10-minute fireworks display following Adams's televised medal ceremony at Frank Kitts Park. The ceremony was held in Auckland on the day the athlete returned from Switzerland.

The double gold medallist clearly felt vindicated after her London silver was bumped up to gold when disgraced Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk's medal was stripped last month because she failed drug tests.

Val's victory boomed around the still harbour as the crowd thrilled to the increasingly loud and ornate spectacle backed by a near cloudless night sky.

Wellington siblings Matt and Anna Spencer were touched by the celebration.

"I thought it was awesome, a nice touch," Mr Spencer said. " A really nice way to cap off an exciting few weeks of sport."

Ms Spencer said it was a "pretty awesome way" to celebrate the achievements of our Olympic athletes.

"It was a moving tribute to Valerie Adams and very well deserved."

Mt Cook School pupil Jasleen Ghuliani, 8, agreed: "That was really nice, a great show and the fireworks were really interesting, how they made the Olympic rings."

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