1 Jun 2013

Adams starts Diamond League season with win.

3:54 pm on 1 June 2013

Valerie Adams has started her Diamond League season with a win in the Shot Put at the prestigious Prefontaine Classic meeting in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

In her first major competition of the season, Adams threw a best of 20.15 metres, just 3 centimetres ahead of China's Gong Lijao.

Adams held the early lead with throws of 19.90m and 19.96m, but Gong went into the lead with a third round throw of 20.12m.

The New Zealander regained the lead in the fifth round with her longest throw of the night and the Chinese athlete could not respond.

Michelle Carter from USA was third with a throw of 19.65m.

There is now a three-way tie on four points in the Diamond League after two shot put competitions between Adams (1 win) Christina Schwanitz, Germany (1 win) and Gong (2 x 2nd placings).