Val Adams wins Rome Diamond League event

Last updated 08:26 06/06/2014
Val Adams
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CHAMPION: Valerie Adams has nailed her 51st consecutive victory after a Diamond League meet in Lausanne.

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Valerie Adams edged closer to a half century of successive shot-put titles this morning, but her victory margin this time was not as comfortable as she's used to.

The Kiwi putter notched her 48th win on the trot at the Rome Diamond League meeting today (NZ time).

Her best throw of 20.01m, achieved in the second round, was still 41cm ahead of her nearest rival, German's world No 2 Christina Schwanitz. Lijiao Gong of China was third with 19.17m.

Three of Adams' four valid throws were longer that Schwanitz's best attempt, which came in round three.

But the New Zealander has become accustomed to winning events by a metre or more since Belarusian Nadzeya Ostapchuk's 2012 ban for doping, so today's result will be a reminder to the double Olympic champion that she must be at her best to continue the dominance.

Adams now has a perfect record in the 2014 Diamond Race with eight points from two rounds. Schwanitz and Yuliya Leantsiuk from Belarus are second-equal with two points.

The next meeting for Adams will be a World Challenge event in Marrakech, Morocco, on Monday (NZ time), followed by the New York Diamond League on June 14.

Adams will be an unbackable favourite for the Commonwealth Games crown in Glasgow.

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