3 Jun 2016

Adams still looking for big throw

11:50 am on 3 June 2016

New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams says she's still hoping for a big throw as she continues her preparation for the Rio Olympics.

Adams won her second straight Diamond League meeting, taking out the event in Rome.

Val Adams, Diamond League meeting, Rome, 2016.

Val Adams, Diamond League meeting, Rome, 2016. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Adams threw a best of 19.69m, 70cm better than second placed Anita Marton of Hungary.

It's her second win in a row, after triumphing at the first Diamond League meeting in Morocco last month.

The double Olympic champion said she's happy with her consistency over the past couple of meetings but believes she can throw further.

"Hopefully in the next couple of competitions, when I taper down a little bit hopefully, we can pump up that season's best a little bit further than that," Adams said.

Adams' closest rivals, German world champion Christina Schwanitz and American Michelle Carter, didn't compete at the meeting.

The 31-year-old athlete has been battling back from an injury plagued season as well as surgery last year.

Adams next competes in Birmingham at the weekend.