Valerie Adams suffers first shot put loss in almost five years
Star New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams suffered her first loss in almost five years of competition as she made her comeback from double surgery at Saturday`s Paris Diamond League meet.
Paris: Star New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams suffered her first loss in almost five years of competition as she made her comeback from double surgery at Saturday`s Paris Diamond League meet.
The double Olympic and four-time world champion`s last outing was in the 2013 Brussels Diamond League, her 56th successive victory in an event she has completely dominated over the years.
Adams` last legitimate loss was to the disgraced Nadezhda Ostapchuk in Zurich in August 2010.
But the 30-year-old Kiwi underwent double surgery to repair her left, non-throwing shoulder and right elbow in September 2014, and her first attempt at a competitive comeback ended meekly -- and a shock defeat for someone so used to topping the podium.
German rival Christina Schwanitz won with a best of 20.31 metres ahead of China`s Lijiao Gong (19.75) and American Michelle Carter (19.37).
Trinidad and Tobago`s Cleopatra Borel claimed fourth (19.07), with Adams in fifth, managing a best of just 18.79m over her six efforts, far off her personal best of 21.24m.
Adams, one of only nine athletes, alongside the likes of Usain Bolt, to have won world titles at youth, junior and senior levels, was phlegmatic about her defeat, with a potential fifth world title up for grabs in Beijing next month.
"I`m happy to be back," she said. "I took the risk and came to compete against the best current girls.
"I knew the winning streak was in danger and I lost it, but I do not feel that sorry. We can start again!
"With better execution, I will improve. There`s still a lot of time until Beijing."
For European champion Schwanitz, it was her first ever victory over Adams.
"I expect Valerie to be back in top shape, she will improve," the German world silver medallist said.
"This win is very important for me, I beat Valerie for the first time in my career."