Adams shortlisted for prestigious Laureus award

Last updated 08:43 14/11/2012
Valerie Adams
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TOP RECOGNITION: Valerie Adams has been shortlisted for the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award.

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Valerie Adams is up for another gong.

The Olympic shot put gold medallist has today been announced as a candidate for the prestigious Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award.

Adams, 28, retained her Olympic title at the London Games after Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus, who won the competition on the night, was later revealed to have failed a drugs test, elevating the Kiwi into gold medal position.

Adams has since been untouchable in all competitions.

''A formidable competitor, she is also world indoor champion and three-time world champion," said a statement from Laureus.

Adams was also a nominee for the same award last year.

Other candidates include American athlete Allyson Felix, tennis player Serena Williams and swimmer Missy Franklin, Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Japanese wrestler Saori Yoshid, British heptathlete Jess Ennis and Australian hurdler Sally Pearson.

A shortlist of six nominees, decided by a panel of media representatives, will be announced on December 13 at a function in Rio de Janeiro, with the overall winner, chosen from this shortlist by the 46 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, to be named at a date to be confirmed.

''You have to be amazed at the ability of Serena Williams to keep coming back after injuries to produce one of her best years, both inside and outside the Olympics, but there were some great gold medal-winning displays in all sports,'' former Romanian gymnast and Olympic gold medallist Nadia Comaneci said.

''It is going to be difficult for the media to choose just six of these great athletes.''

Adams is also a finalist for the international athletics federation's (IAAF) Woman Athlete of the Year award, alongside Ennis and Felix.

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