Athletics-New Zealand shot Olympic double, causing champion Adams to retire

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FILE PHOTO: Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s Shooting – Finals – OLS – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Valerie Adams of New Zealand participates in REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

March 1, 2022

(Reuters) – Olympic doubles shooting champion Valerie Adams said on Tuesday she will retire from the sport, having represented New Zealand at five Olympics and winning four medals.

At last year’s Tokyo Olympics, Adams became the first woman to win medals at four Olympics in a single event by adding a bronze to her two gold and one silver medals. me.

“I’m here today to share with you that I’m officially hanging up these size 14 throws,” Adams told reporters.

“After winning bronze in Tokyo, I considered whether to embark on another campaign. I took the time to process this thought and to see if it was something I really wanted to do again.

“My heart, mind and body simply answered the question for me so it was time to call it a day.”

The 37-year-old, who will continue to coach her sister Lisa on her journey to the next Paralympics, said she was delighted to have represented New Zealand for the past 22 years.

“While today marks the end of my shooting career, athletics will always be a part of my life. I have dedicated my heart and soul to this sport. Loved and nurtured her from a young age, watching her grow up as a girl until now a fully grown woman,” Adams said.

Adams finished seventh in Athens in 2004 and won gold in Beijing and London before being beaten in Rio by American Michelle Carter’s final throw.

She took some time off after Rio gave birth to her first child and made her international comeback at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, where she won a silver medal.

Adams also won gold at four world championships in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford) Athletics-New Zealand shot Olympic double, causing champion Adams to retire


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