Athletics: Valerie Adams wins in Rome

Valerie Adams made it 48 consecutive wins, taking first place comfortably in the Diamond League shot put in Rome this morning. Photo / Getty Images.
Valerie Adams made it 48 consecutive wins, taking first place comfortably in the Diamond League shot put in Rome this morning. Photo / Getty Images.

Valerie Adams made it 48 consecutive wins, taking first place comfortably in the Diamond League shot put in Rome this morning.

The best throw for the double Olympic champion came in the second round at 20.01. Adams would have been hoping for more, but it was enough to defeat world number two Christina Schwanitz from Germany by 0.41. Third was Lijiao Gong from China with 19.17.

Three of Adams four valid throws were longer that Schwanitz's best attempt which came in round three.

Adams now has a perfect record in the 2014 Diamond Race with eight points from two rounds. Schwanitz and Leantsiuk from Belarus are second equal with 2 points.

The next meeting for Adams will be a World Challenge event in Marrakech, Morocco on Monday morning (NZT), followed by the New York Diamond League in New York on 14 June.

Result: 1 Valerie Adams (NZL) 20.01, 2 Christina Schwanitz (GER) 19.60, 3 Lijiao Gong (CHN) 19.17.

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