26 Oct 2013

Adams making good recovery from surgery

5:20 am on 26 October 2013

New Zealand's champion shot-putter Valerie Adams says she's making good progress from knee and ankle surgery.

Adams had surgery on niggling knee and ankle problems three weeks ago.

She says the knee needed a good cleanup after many years of overuse and the cartilage had become weakened.

Adams also had a piece of bone removed from her ankle.

She says she was able to return to training within a week and it sets her up well for the future, with the big picture the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

This year Adams secured her fourth straight world title, retained her Diamond League crown and extended her winning streak to 42.

Adams does hope to attend the IAAF World Athlete of the Year gala in Monte Carlo next month. She has been nominated for a third time, but is yet to win it.