9 Sep 2016

Adams wraps up Diamond League title

7:24 am on 9 September 2016

The New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams has finished second to American Michelle Carter in the final Diamond League meeting of the season in Brussels.

In a repeat of the Rio Olympic podium order, Carter finished first with Adams second and Hungarian Anita Martin third.

Carter threw a winning distance of 19.98 metres, while Adams was 41 cm behind her.

Val Adams competing in France in 2016.

Val Adams has finished second in the final Diamong League meet of the year. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Adams collected her fifth Diamond League Trophy having already wrapped up the series.

She earns $10 thousand for finishing second in Brussels and a further $55 thousand for winning the overall title.

Carter denied Adams an historic hat-trick of Olympic gold medals in Rio when she threw 20.63cm.

"I was my last meeting of the year so I had to give it everything. I would have loved to go over 20 metres but it wasn't to be but I certainly can't be disappointed with the distance," she said.

Adams best effort was 20.39cm.

The event was held in the city centre in Brussels.

"Throwing in a place such as this was a great opportunity to show off shot putting, it's a great setting. I really enjoyed it and the crowd were great, right behind us," said Carter.

"It's a beautiful setting and I love the architecture. We've had some great competitions in city centres, Stockholm and Zurich spring to mind, but none as beautiful as this."

New Zealand shot putters have won both the men's and women's Diamond League titles, with Tom Walsh last week winning the men's title in Zurich.

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