Fireworks in Wellington celebrate Adams' gold

Fireworks honour Olympic champion

MATT STEWART
Last updated 21:23 19/09/2012
BOOMING TRIBUTE: Fireworks explode over Wellington Harbour during a display held in honour of Olympic gold medal shotputter Valerie Adams.
ZAR LILLEY
BOOMING TRIBUTE: Fireworks explode over Wellington Harbour during a display held in honour of Olympic gold medal shotputter Valerie Adams.

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Passengers on an incoming flight were given an explosive introduction to Wellington tonight, touching down during the fireworks display held in honour of Olympic gold medal shotputter Valerie Adams.

About 2000 spectators jammed the waterfront to watch the display following Adams televised medal ceremony at Frank Kitts Park, which was held in Auckland on the night Adams returned from Switzerland.

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

The fireworks boomed around the still harbour, thrilling the crowd.

Sibling spectators Matt and Anna Spencer, of Wellington, were certainly moved by the celebration.

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

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

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