Valerie Adams repeats at Track & Field News Woman Athlete of year, by EME News

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Valerie Adams, the pride of New Zealand, has won the TFN Women Athlete of the year for 2013, it was announced on Saturday. Track & Field News, established in 1948, is the Bible of the Sport of Track & Field. 
Adams repeats as first female shot putter ever

MOUNTAIN VIEW (USA): Shot put Queen Valerie Adams repeated her win in the Track and Field News Women Athlete of the Year poll. After 2012 she is first again in 2013. She did not lost a meet and is clearly dominant in her event. Last year she was the first shot putter getting the award since 1980 and now she became first putter ever to make the top 10 for 5 years in a row and the first ever to repeat. Informs Adams received 13 of the 33 votes for No. 1 in beating Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10 No. 1s) by 15 points. The other 1st-place votes went to American hurdler Brianna Rollins (7) and Czech 400 hurdler Zuzana Hejnová (3), who finished 3-4. Adams got 294 points, Fraser-Pryce 279, Rollins 246 and Hejnova 237. Fifth place for another unbeaten athlete, 1500 m World Champion Abeba Aregawi (184) ahead of Discus star Sandra Perkovic (139). In the 7th position Meseret Defar (92) just one point ahead of Svetlana Shkolina (91). Top ten is rounded with Caterine Ibarguen (also undefeated this season, 81 points) and Tirunesh Dibaba (69). Overall 17 different women received votes. Men results will be published on Sunday

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