No golden repeat for Adams

Mike Kilpatrick, Yahoo! New Zealand Sport August 7, 2012, 7:03 am
No golden repeat for Adams

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New Zealand favourite Valerie Adams has failed to retain her Olympic title with long-time rival Nadzeya Ostapchuk claiming the gold.

After easing into the final late last night Adams took the lead in the first round of the final before Ostapchuk unleashed with a series of massive throws.

Heading into the final round the Belarusian had four throws over 21 metres and Adams, in order to retain her title, sat well behind and would have had to throw a new personal best.

And while she pushed hard her technique wasn't quite right and she wasn't able to break the 21 metre mark, leaving Ostapchuk to glory and Adams having to settle for silver.

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  1. sing01:41pm Thursday 09th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Bad luck to val, the press seems to be giving nz loosers a bit of stick, it's a wonder that john walker is't sticking his snotter in

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  2. sing01:40pm Thursday 09th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Bad luck to val, the press seems to be giving nz loosers a bit of stick, it's a wonder that john walker is't sticking his snotter in

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  3. Kevin09:43am Wednesday 08th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    ring Ted

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  4. 09:02am Tuesday 07th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Yes Hayden ; I agree with your comment in regard to Valery,s achievement,s & acknowledgement that the better athlete won on the day - on the other matter, I would never cry foul unless I was convinced a foul had been committed .. your observation that the Belarusian competitor has failed to throw over 21mtrs in the past & has now thrown 3 times over 21mtrs in this Olympic comp. - that,s what it,s all about, peaking at the Olympic Final .. I congratulate her - until some-one can show that she gained an advantage by illegal means. Well done Val - we,re proud of ya!

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  5. tony07:31am Tuesday 07th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Val didn't throw her best shot today, and still won silver. Val is a great champion. Ostapchuk had to putt 21 metres to beat her today. Ostapchuk is a worthy gold medalist, and great Olympic champion- she was the consistently best thrower today in the final. Val will be humble, and gracious, as she was when she won gold in 2008. What a great champion Val is. Tony Fala

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  6. Hayden07:17am Tuesday 07th August 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Well done Val, hope she's not too hard on herself. Hope the NZ public isn't hard on her either & appreciate that an Olympic Silver is a great achievement... also considering she has already won us a gold. I'll probably get some stick for this but that Belarusian is dodgy to say the least, had been struggling behind Val for 2 years, took a break & then all of a sudden was throwing consistantly over Valerie's personal best.

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