Shot Put Queen Adams takes DL Rome victory with 19.69 (SB)

The shot put queen Adams seems to be improving in 2016. At the Diamond League meeting in Rome, Adams threw the 4kg ball to a new season best of 19.69m. In 2016, only the Gong Lijiao tossed the 4kg ball further. The current world lead stands at 20.43m, thrown at the biggest throwing festival in the world in Halle, Germany.

Finally, Valerie Adams is getting back in shape. After Adams injury, she had problems tossing the 4kg ball beyond the 19m mark. Last year's top result was 18,79m which was not enough to fight for the World Championships medals. One year later means one meter further so far. We all hope that Adams will be back in the ring with some massive throws beyond the 20m and ready for Rio.

Adams was not really under pressure at the Diamond League meeting in Roma, Italy. She opened with 19,46m, which would have been enough to take the victory. During her third round, Adams improved further to 19.69m which was also a new season best. Three additional throws beyond the 19m mark underline her strength. Soon the 20m barrier should be broken again.

The Hungarian shot putter Anita Marton placed second at the DL meeting with 18.98m, just 2 cm short of the 19m barrier. She achieved that result in her final round. Aliona Dubitskaya from Belarus became 3rd throwing 18.38m. Cleopatra Borel from Trinidad and Tobago tossed the 4kg ball to a new season best of 18.36m to take the 4th place.

The new IAAF rules already prevented Piotr Malachowski in the men's discus event to have three additional throws. During the women's shot put event it was Tia Brooks, who is currently ranked 3rd on the 2016 world list who did not make the cut. She ended up with a 5th place and only 18.24m.

The results:

1 Valerie Adams NZL 6 Oct 84 19.69 SB «
19.46 18.95 19.69 SB 19.63 19.52 19.56
2 Anita Márton HUN 15 Jan 89 18.98 « »
17.07 17.95 18.86 18.68 18.55 18.98
3 Aliona Dubitskaya BLR 25 Jan 90 18.38 « »
17.34 16.75 18.38 X X P
4 Cleopatra Borel TTO 10 Mar 79 18.36 SB «
18.31 SB 17.62 18.15 18.36 SB 18.36 =SB 18.04
5 Tia Brooks USA 2 Aug 90 18.24 « »
17.86 18.24 X
6 Jill Camarena-Williams USA 2 Mar 82 18.06 « »
17.24 17.43 18.06
7 Paulina Guba POL 14 May 91 17.40 « »
17.40 X 17.05
8 Yulia Leantsiuk BLR 31 Jan 84 17.31 « »
X 17.31 17.19
9 Brittany Smith USA 25 Mar 91 16.82 « »
16.21 16.82 16.70
10 Chiara Rosa ITA 28 Jan 83 16.61 « »
16.61 X X