On a day where her rivals circled in hopes of watching the mighty falter under the burden of six months rehab after knee and foot surgery the Queen of Athletics, New Zealander Val Adams, once again showed she is on a different plane than the rest and continued her 100+ meet (by Throwholics count, we throw out the druggies) win streak. On a blustery March weekend on the Polish coast of the Baltic Sea two Kiwi lite the throwing world on fire, one expected, one not.
Adams put everyone in check early on. While one would guess the warm-ups for the qualifying round put everyone on notice, Adams‘ 1st and only round of qualifying produced a useful, and almost world leading, 20,11m (65′ 11¾”) left no doubt–Adams would be the only one to defeat Adams (unless ANZ forgot to enter her in the final). Among the sharks, Anita Márton gave us shades of Tom Walsh when she hit a lifetime best of 18,63m (61′ 1½”) in the 3rd qualification round.
Once the evening final began, not only did Adams defend her indoor title for the 2nd time, she rocked the field as the only thrower to break 20m–on all five of her measured throws. Her 20,67m (67′ 9¾”) was 70cm clear of Christina Schwanitz‘s 19,94m (65’ 5″) and Lijiao Gong 19,24m (63′ 1½”).
Another performance of note is Jeneva McCall’s solidification of her world class chops in the shot put as well as the hammer… who else does that? Plus, she may have some discus throwing on the schedule as well. Coach John Smith continues to coach with a road map like none-other.
Another great video captured and edited by peerless throws promoter and supporter Gerry McEvoy. Visit his site MacThrow early and often.
The podium must have had a touch of déjà vu with the three medalists mirroring Moscow’s World Championship.