Fit-again Adams targets strong showing in Poland

Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:58am EST
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(Reuters) - Olympic champion shot-putter Valerie Adams hurled four of her six throws over 20 meters on Saturday to mark a successful return to competition after undergoing knee and ankle surgery in September.

The 29-year-old New Zealander recorded a best of 20.19 meters at the meeting in Christchurch and was happy with her progress ahead of next month's World Indoor Championship in Poland.

"We didn't have any expectations today but we wanted to see where we were at leading into world indoors, so I can say I'm now going to that," said Adams, who suffered a tearful defeat by Belarussian Nadzeya Ostapchuk at the 2012 London Olympics, only to be upgraded to gold after the winner failed a drugs test.

"I'm pretty happy, it's the best throw in the world this year so I can't ask for more than that coming back after surgery. It's been an awesome day," she added.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty; Editing by John O'Brien)

Winner Valerie Adams of New Zealand shows her gold medal at the victory ceremony for the women's shot put final during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow August 12, 2013. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor