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Valerie Adams has become the most successful shot putter in history, winning a fourth world title in Moscow this morning (NZ time).
Joining only a handful of athletes in track and field ever to achieve four individual world titles, today's milestone installs Adams as the most dominant athlete her sport has seen.
Taking gold in the final by almost half a metre with a best throw of 20.88m, New Zealand's double Olympic champion continues a hold on the world title - the biggest crown outside the Olympic Games - until at least 2015, having originally secured it back in 2007.
Adams had previously also defended it in 2009 and 2011 and said making it four in a row is a proud occasion.
"I'm super-happy and very grateful," Adams told Fairfax Media from Moscow.
"It's been a very trying year for me and to come here and executive is very satisfying.
"To win a fourth world title is amazing, it's exactly what we came here to do. I'm very proud to have made some history with New Zealand in my heart.
"Shot put is a sport that has been traditionally of European success, it makes me happy to stamp the New Zealand flag all over it now."
Now unbeaten in a streak spanning 39 events across three years, Adams was already the holder of every major title in her sport heading in to the year's pinnacle event in Russia, and she set the benchmark once again at 20.88m - two centimetres short of her season's best.
Leading the final from the first throw, Adams produced her best with the third of her six attempts.
While adrift of her personal best of 21.24m, she will be pleased to throw so close to the 21m mark with four more events to come this season.
After the debacle of the London Olympics, where Belarusian drug cheat Nadzeya Ostapchuk accepted top spot on the podium before being exposed as a fraud, Adams said hearing God Defend New Zealand ring out at a major event was extra special.
"It never gets old hearing the national anthem and I wouldn't care if there was no one else but me in the damn stadium," she said.
"But this one tastes that little bit sweeter after what happened last year."
Adams said she would be celebrating by going to sleep.
"I'm so tired - I've been so focused for this that I'm just exhausted tonight," she said.
"I'm going to have dinner and then I can't wait to get some sleep."
German Christina Schwanitz was the New Zealander's closest rival this morning and clear silver medallist with a personal best of 20.41m while China's Lijiao Gong snatched bronze with 19.95m, one centimetre ahead of America's Michelle Carter.
Heading in to the event Adams said victory in Moscow would be "the greatest gift" she could give to her Swiss coach, Jean-Pierre Egger, following his 70th birthday.
She delivered her wish - fittingly in the same stadium Egger competed in during in the 1980 Olympic Games.
Opening with 20.41m, matching Schwanitz's best overall, Adams' series went on to produce 20.46m, 20.88m, foul, 20.76m, 20.32m.
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