29 Aug 2013

Adams cleans up Diamond League series in Zurich

7:36 am on 29 August 2013

New Zealand's world and Olympic champion Valerie Adams secured the Diamond League shot put series title for 2013 in style this morning, with her best distance of the year in Switzerland.

The meet, held in Zurich Railway Station, saw the quadruple world champion throw a world-leading 20.98 metres - just over a metre clear of her closest rival, Yevgeniya Kolodko of Russia.

The woman who has been the closest to Adams in 2013, German Christina Schwanitz, could only finish fourth, a distant 1.62 metres adrift of the Aucklander.

It was also the 28-year-old double Olympic champion's longest throw for over 13 months, a New Zealand indoor record, the fifth best performance of Adam's distinguished career, and just 0.26 metres behind her personal best, set at the world championships in 2011.

The performance added another eight points to her Diamond League total to finish with a commanding lead in Adams finished the season-long series on 24 points, with Schwanitz on 12 and American Michelle Carter on eight.

Adams dominated the year, contesting only five of the seven Diamond League rounds, but winning all five to extend her unbeaten run to 41 meetings.

It was Adams' third consecutive win at the Zurich meeting and a new meeting record, extending her own record of 20.81 metres, set in 2012.