Valerie Adams ready for big two weeks

SIMON PLUMB
Last updated 05:00 29/07/2013
Valerie Adams
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WAY OUT IN FRONT: Valerie Adams pumps her fists after a big throw during her victory in the shot put during the London Diamond League meet at the Olympic Stadium.

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She's close to career best form, but Valerie Adams has pointed to a crucial fortnight ahead.

Athletics' pinnacle event of the year is now only two weeks away with the world championships in Moscow, Russia. Adams not only goes in as a double Olympic champion, winner of the last three outdoor world titles and unbeaten in 38 events - but on the brink of returning to 21-metre territory.

Across the last five seasons, New Zealand's Olympic icon has only fallen short of the 21m barrier once, where in 2010, her competitive best was 20.86m in Split, Croatia.

Ten centimetres short of the mark at the Diamond League anniversary event in London yesterday, Adams' progression over the last few weeks suggests posting 21m for the first time in a year is only a matter of time.

Recording 20.90m in London yesterday, Adams threw 20.76m in Lucerne and 20.62m in Paris earlier this month, 20.88m in Ostrava in June and 20.15m in the same month's season-opening meet in Eugene where she felt "asleep".

With a steady upward pattern building, Adams admits the plan is to not work on anything particular, rather carry on with the same training and build-up.

"To be that close to the 21-metre mark is always the goal and it's very encouraging. But the next two weeks are crucial," Adams told Fairfax Media from London.

"I won't be looking to work on anything specific between now and then. It will just be a case of doing what we normally do and make sure we tick all the boxes we need to.

"Jean-Pierre [Egger, coach] has got it all planned out, what we're doing for training, when and where.

"I've got trust in him, he's got trust in me and we've got trust in my physio. As a team, if we can keep this going, we're looking good for Moscow.

"But it's always going to be a challenge. I know it's a home Games for some of my competitors, but I'm actually quite excited to go to Moscow.

"I'm very happy at the moment, it's always good to put in a good performance going into a major event, the Russian championships have just been and gone, we don't know what the Chinese are up to, but it's good for me to put a performance out there because it puts pressure on other athletes."

It was also this time of the year when Adams peaked with 21.24m to win the last world championships in Daegu, South Korea.

Victory in Moscow would also see the New Zealander join only a handful of athletes to ever achieve four individual world titles - a select list of track and field royalty including American Michael Johnson.

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