Valerie Adams, photo by PhotoRun.net
Valerie Adams woke up last week to the news that she actually was the gold medalist in the women's shot put as the named gold medalist tested positive and was, in fact, a drug cheat.
Valerie won in DN Galan today, with a throw of 20.26m. Here is what she had to say about that competition, on winning the gold and assorted other issues:
" The goal was to win today. That is always the goal. I wanted to throw more but after the drama that has gone on over the last seven days, it's been pretty hard to get back. So, I am happy with the win. I am happy to blow some cobwebs out of the system and get ready for the next Diamond League event in Lausanne, which is kind of like a home games for me since I train most of the year there. I have not been able to enjoy my gold medal for the Olympics because I have not got it yet. But I am sure I will when I get it. That is sport. That is life. I am enjoying being Olympic champion, back to back. I do not know how I will get the medal, but I want the whole shabbang because I missed that moment so hopefully then can do something in the next Diamond League maybe. "
1. Valerie Adams, NZL, 20.26m, 2. Yevgeniya Kolodko, RUS, 19.08m, 3. Christina Schwanitz, GER, 4. Natalya Miknevich, BLR, 18.51m, 5. Michelle Carter, USA, 18.39m, 6. Cleopatra Borel, TRI, 18.11m