Gold medal for Adams at Games

8:06 am on 10 October 2010

Valerie Adams has won gold for New Zealand in the women's shotput at the Commonwealth Games.

Adams also set a new Games record of 20.47 metres on her first throw. All six of her throws were over 20 metres.

She finished almost 1.5 metres ahead of Cleopatra Brown of Trinidad & Tobago on 19.03 metres who took silver and Tasele Satupai of Samoa, who took bronze.

Adams, 26, also won gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

It is New Zealand's second gold at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

New Zealand now has a total of 21 medals.

Adams says she couldn't be happier with her performance.

She has had a hard year, ending an 11-year partnership with former coach Kristen Hellier and attempting a new technique under new coach Didier Poppe.

Adams says she could not have asked for a better competition to end the season and the Comonwealth title is a great reward.

World stage since 2001

Adams first came to prominence when winning the World Youth Championships in 2001. She became World Junior champion in 2002.

Adams won silver at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games and then won gold in Melbourne four years ago, following it up with the world title and then the Olympic crown in 2008.

She successfully defended her world title last year against Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarussia, and beat her again in Croatia last month with a throw of 20.86m.

Adams arrived in Delhi after a 10-day training camp in Singapore.