She may be feeling run down after the events of the last month, but Val Adams is still untouchable in the women's shot put world.
Adams cruised to another Diamond League meet victory today, thumping her so-called competitors in a makeshift arena at the main railway station in Zurich, Switzerland.
The victory earned her a further eight points in the Diamond League standings, taking her total to 28 points as she lifted the Diamond Race Trophy for the second consecutive year.
In a distant second place on nine points was American Michelle Carter, who was also a distant second in Zurich with a best of 19.25m.
The victory also extended Adams' unbeaten streak to 29, currently the longest by a woman in the sport and not far behind German Robert Harting's 32-meet run in the discus throw. Adams' last defeat was at the Zurich Weltklasse over two years ago, to Belarusian Nadzeya Ostapchuk, who is serving a ban for doping having been pinged at the London Olympics earlier this month.
Adams, the three-time world champion who became a double Olympic champion after Ostapchuk was disqualified from the London for taking a steroid, threw a best of 20.81m at Zurich. It was a record for the meeting, beating the previous best of 20.63m set in 2010 by none other than Ostapchuk.
Details of when she will receive her gold from the London Games have not been finalised.
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