Valerie Adams sets tone on brother's big day
New Zealand's double Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams has thrown a 2013 world best of 20.88m to win in Ostrava, Czech Republic this morning (NZT).
With brother, Steven, hours from taking part in the NBA draft, established sister Valerie has warmed up for August's shot put world title defence in Moscow with a season's best at the Golden Spike meet.
Adams saved her best for her sixth and final throw after previous attempts of 20.15m, 20.30m, 20.55m and 20.64m - obliterating nearest rival Natalia Duco of Chile by 1.7m.
Today's winning attempt knocks on the door of Adams' personal best of 21.24m.
“I’m very pleased indeed. It’s good to have thrown a season’s best and world lead,” Adams told Fairfax Media from Ostrava.
“Jean-Pierre [coach] mentioned that I threw the whole competition technically well, that I wasn’t just standing in the circle trying to huff it out there. To match that with consistent distance is a good sign.
“I’m definitely happy with today, I’m continuing to progress with things in training and the results are a stepping stone to Moscow.
“The distances got better and better today and I had a lot of fun.”or of Adams' personal best of 21.24m.