Val Adams shoots for a place alongside greats

SIMON PLUMB IN LONDON
Last updated 05:00 06/08/2012
Valerie Adams
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GREATNESS BECKONS: The next 24 hours will define Valerie Adams' standing within New Zealand sporting history.

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The next 24 hours will define Valerie Adams' standing within New Zealand sporting history.

Tonight NZ time she will step into the shot put ring within London's main Olympic Stadium to begin her quest for consecutive Games gold medals.

Tonight is qualifying. Tomorrow morning is the final. Success there would fire her into the halls of Kiwi greatness.

Only 10 Kiwis have won Olympic gold more than once, and only seven have reigned supreme at back-to-back Games. It's an exclusive club which lists some of the most iconic names in New Zealand sport, including Peter Snell, Ian Ferguson and Mark Todd.

Rowers Caroline Meyer and Georgina Earl, better known as the Evers-Swindell twins, are the most recent athletes to achieve the feat after a heart-stopping photo finish in the women's double sculls at Beijing 2008, where they won by one-thousandth of a second.

Hopefully, Adams won't make New Zealanders sit quite as close to the edge of their seats tomorrow morning.

For a 27-year-old, Adams' CV is heavily decorated.

She's the current holder of all major honours, including the Olympic, world, world indoor, world cup and Commonwealth titles.

In her sport, Adams is one of only seven athletes to claim the world championships at the youth, junior, and senior levels - an esteemed group which also includes Usain Bolt and Yelena Isinbayeva.

Nadzeya Ostpachuk, the Belarusian who has failed to beat Adams head to head in two years, is hitting form in the final weeks before tomorrow morning's encounter.

With numbers like 21.58m Ostapchuk is a threat.

Adams' mark of 21.24m is backed by consistency and video evidence.

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