Like the men, the gold medal at the 2014 Indoor World Championships will probably be a two person match; fought between New Zealand’s Val Adams and the German Christina Schwanitz. These are the only current shot putters who managed to toss the 4kg ball over the 20m barrier. Schwanitz competed five times this year already and trails Adams is on the world leader list by a mere 14cm. Schwanitz won all five meets but had little to no competition. This will change at the World Championships in Sopot, Poland; where Schwanitz becomes the hunter and Adams the hunted. Adams hasn’t been defeated in years and she probably will not like to start a new winning streak after this weekend.
Adams returns from an ankle and knee surgery and opened her season with impressive 20,19m at home in Christchurch last month. Adams has a goal to extend her extraordinary winning streak of 44 finals and would like to join Svetlana Krivelyova as the only three-time winner of the women’s shot at the World Indoor Championships.
Since Adams is still on recovery from surgery it could mean that she is more vulnerable than usual. And this might be the time for Schwanitz to find gold to bring home. Schwanitz is, as stated above, in the form of her life.
The battle for bronze could be as close as the fight for gold. Russia’s Olympic silver medallist Yevgeniia Kolodko, Romania’s Anca Heltne and Belarusian champion Alena Kopets have all won medals at past major indoor championships and could do so again in Sopot.
The provisional entry lists for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland:
The current top list: