Valerie Adams keeps unbeaten streak alive
Valerie Adams was a little off her best but it was still good enough for a 55th consecutive victory in the shot put in Birmingham on Monday.
The New Zealander's best throw of 19.96 metres was good enough to keep her unbeaten streak alive at her penultimate Diamond League competition for the season at the Birmingham leg of the IAAF series.
The 29-year-old triple Commonwealth champion, who hasn't lost since August of 2010, hit her winning throw of 19.96m on her first attempt, and then added 19.92m and 19.95m on her next two attempts.
Two fouls followed before she finished with a 19.73. On a day when all of the throwers were down on their bests, world No 2 Christina Schwanitz from Germany was out to 19.27 for second and Glasgow silver medallist Cleopatra Borel from Trinidad third in 18.62.
Adams has collected 24 Diamond League points from a perfect six-from-six record in this year's competition - the highest score of any athlete. She has surpassed fellow high-flyers Sandra Perkovic from Croatia in the discus and French pole vaulter Renad Lavillenie who have both suffered recent defeats.
Adams will contest her final Diamond League meeting of the season in Brussels on September 4 and complete her season at the Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco.
Also in Birmingham, Kiwi Zane Robertson, contesting the seldom raced two miles distance, finished a quality second behind double Olympic Champion Mo Farah from Great Britain.
Robertson, the 24-year-old Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, had a disappointing 5000m race at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting four days earlier but bounced back to record 8:22.82, the fifth fastest by a New Zealander over the distance, behind Rod Dixon's 8:14.32.
The African-based Kiwi ran with Farah for much of the distance before the British runner broke away and went on to win in a national record of 8:07.85.
Angie Smit, in her second ever Diamond League appearance, finished eighth in the 800m, recording 2:02.22. The race was won by Scot Lynsey Sharp who upset Commonwealth champion Eunice Sum in 1:59.14.
Meanwhile, in Germany, New Zealand's Tom Walsh followed up his second place finish in Thursday's Stockholm Diamond League event with third at the Bad Kostritz Werfertag throws meet.
Walsh's 20.75 was just 0.04 short of his throw in Stockholm, to finish behind the world outdoor champion and local favourite David Storl (21.29) and world indoor champion Ryan Whiting of the USA (20.89). Walsh, midway through a gruelling schedule of four competitions in 10 days, had beaten both in Stockholm.
Walsh now heads to Zurich for his final Diamond League meeting of the season on Thursday, before going on to the ISTAF Berlin World Challenge next Sunday.