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Valerie Kasanita Adams, born 6 October 1984, is a New Zealand shot putter. She is a four-time World champion, three time World Indoor champion and two-time Olympic champion and three-time Commonwealth champion. She also won the World 134-valerie-adams-shot-put-150-greatest-female-athletes-of-all-time-janet-tv-500x366-wJunior Championship, the World Youth Championship, and twice won the gold medal at the World Cup. She currently holds the New Zealand, Oceanian, Commonwealth and equaled the World Championship record with a personal best throw of 21.24 metres. [See video below.]

Adams is one of only nine athletes (along with Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Kirani James, Jana Pittman, Dani Samuels, and David Storl) to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. She is the first woman to win four consecutive individual titles at the world track and field championships.

Valerie was named New Zealand’s Sportswoman of the Year from 2006-2012, Women’s Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 2012 and 2013, and IAAF World Athlete of the Year in 2014. She also received the Halberg – Supreme Award in 2008 and 2009 and the Lonsdale Cup of the New Zealand Olympic Committee in 2006, 2007, 2011, 2011 and 2014.

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