29 Aug 2011

Adams set for another world title?

2:07 pm on 29 August 2011

The New Zealand shot puter Valerie Adams looks set for a third straight world title in South Korea tonight.

Adams topped qualifying for tonight's final with a distance of 19 point 79 metres, a metre below her best this season, which she threw in Paris last month.

Most of the finalists needed just one throw to reach the automatic qualification mark of 18.65 metres.

Nadzeya Ostapchuk, the World indoor champion, has proved the only women who can compete with Adams in recent years, but she's yet to beat the New Zealander this year and will need to improve to do it tonight.

China's Lijiao Gong and Germany's Christina Schwanitz are likely to be the other medal contenders.