New Zealand Shot Put star Valerie Adams has set New Zealand and Oceania indoor records and a meeting record, winning the final Diamond League competition for the season in Zurich Railway Station at the Welklasse Zurich meeting and securing the Samsung Diamond League Shot Put title for 2012.
Adams best throw of 20.81 metres added 27 centimetres to her previous indoor record of 20.54 metres, recorded when she won the World Indoor championships in March this year in Istanbul. It is also 30 centimetres further than her winning throw at the Zurich meeting last year and a new meeting record by 17 centimetres.
In an amazingly consistent display, the two times Olympic Champion and three times World Champion landed all six attempts between 20.36 and 20.81 metres. American Michelle Carter finished second with 19.25 metres and Cleopatra Borel from Trinidad third on 18.66 metres.
Adams victory earned her a further eight points in the Samsung Diamond League, taking her total to 28 points for the series, lifting the Diamond Race Trophy for the second consecutive year. In a distant second place was Carter on nine points while third place overall went to Borel.
The victory also extended Adam’s unbeaten streak to 29, currently the longest by a woman in the sport and not far behind German Robert Harting’s 32-meet run in the Discus Throw. Adams’ last defeat was at the Zurich Weltklasse over two years ago.