Valerie Adams

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Dame Valerie Kasanita Adams (formerly Vili; born 6 October 1984) is a New Zealand shot putter.wikipedia
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Nadzeya Ostapchuk

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(This streak may increase to 95, depending on the results of a doping ban against Nadzeya Ostapchuk, who was the sole challenger to Vili during this period.
She briefly was designated the Olympic Champion in 2012, but was subsequently stripped of the title for failing a drug test and the gold medal was awarded to New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams.

Yelena Isinbayeva

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Adams was the third woman to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletics event, following the feats of Yelena Isinbayeva and Jana Pittman.
She is one of only nine athletes (along with Valerie Adams, Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Kirani James, Jana Pittman, Dani Samuels, and David Storl) to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event.

Shot put

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Dame Valerie Kasanita Adams (formerly Vili; born 6 October 1984) is a New Zealand shot putter.

Jana Pittman

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Adams was the third woman to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletics event, following the feats of Yelena Isinbayeva and Jana Pittman.
Pittman is one of only nine athletes (along with Valerie Adams, Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Kirani James, Dani Samuels, and David Storl) to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event.

Lonsdale Cup (NZOC)

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From 2006 to 2012 she was chosen as the New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year seven times consecutively and has been awarded the Lonsdale Cup on five occasions in recognition as the leading national athlete in an Olympic sport.

Halberg Awards

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From 2006 to 2012 she was chosen as the New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year seven times consecutively and has been awarded the Lonsdale Cup on five occasions in recognition as the leading national athlete in an Olympic sport.

Kirsten Hellier

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In 1998 Adams met former javelin thrower Kirsten Hellier, who would become her coach for the next 11 years.
Hellier was the coach of World Champion shot putter Valerie Adams from 1998 until 2010.

2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships – Women's shot put

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On 27 September, Adams underwent surgery on her left ankle and right knee, and in March 2014 won her third world indoor championship at Sopot in Poland with a distance of 20.67 m. Her gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she was New Zealand's flag-bearer, was her 54th consecutive event win; the streak began in August 2010.

World Athletics Championships

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She is a four-time World champion, four-time World Indoor champion, two-time Olympic, three-time Commonwealth Games champion and twice IAAF Continental Cup winner.

Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's shot put

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Adams finished second in shot put at the 2016 Summer Olympics with a distance of 20.42 m. She was beaten by Michelle Carter who had a personal best of 20.63 m with her last put of the competition.
Valerie Adams entered as the defending Olympic champion from 2012 (initial champion Nadzeya Ostapchuk remained banned for doping).

Michelle Carter (athlete)

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Adams finished second in shot put at the 2016 Summer Olympics with a distance of 20.42 m. She was beaten by Michelle Carter who had a personal best of 20.63 m with her last put of the competition.
Carter won the 2016 gold medal at the Rio Olympics on the last of her six throws, edging two-time defending champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand.

Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women's shot put

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At her first Olympics in 2004, Adams finished seventh (after two athletes' subsequent disqualification), while still recovering from an appendectomy she had just weeks before the competition.

List of Oceanian records in athletics

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These marks are Oceanian, Commonwealth and New Zealand national records.

List of New Zealand records in athletics

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These marks are Oceanian, Commonwealth and New Zealand national records.

Athletics at the 2010 Commonwealth Games

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Later that season she won at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup with a season's best mark of 20.85 m and also competed at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, where she set a Games record mark of 20.47 m to retain her title.
In spite of this, a number of Olympic champions and other prominent names were selected to compete, including Australian Olympic/World champion Steve Hooker and New Zealand's Olympic/World Champion Valerie Adams, top Kenyan runners Nancy Langat, Vivian Cheruiyot and Ezekiel Kemboi, Bahamian high jumper Donald Thomas, and South Africa's Commonwealth champions L.J. van Zyl and Sunette Viljoen.

Steven Adams

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Adams' youngest sibling is NBA basketballer Steven Adams, and two other brothers played professional basketball in New Zealand.
His half-sister, Valerie Adams, is a dual Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion shot-putter, while his brothers, Warren and Sid Jr., had careers in the New Zealand National Basketball League.

List of Commonwealth Games records in athletics

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Later that season she won at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup with a season's best mark of 20.85 m and also competed at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, where she set a Games record mark of 20.47 m to retain her title. She also holds the Oceanian junior record (18.93 m) and the Oceanian youth record (17.54 m), as well as the World Championships record, World Indoor Championships record and Commonwealth Games record.

List of Oceanian under-20 records in athletics

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She also holds the Oceanian junior record (18.93 m) and the Oceanian youth record (17.54 m), as well as the World Championships record, World Indoor Championships record and Commonwealth Games record.

World Athlete of the Year

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) She was the IAAF World Athlete of the Year in 2014 and the Track & Field News Athlete of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

List of Oceanian youth bests in athletics

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She also holds the Oceanian junior record (18.93 m) and the Oceanian youth record (17.54 m), as well as the World Championships record, World Indoor Championships record and Commonwealth Games record.

Track & Field News Athlete of the Year

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) She was the IAAF World Athlete of the Year in 2014 and the Track & Field News Athlete of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

Bertrand Vili

Adams was married to Bertrand Vili, a discus thrower from New Caledonia.
He was married to fellow athlete Valerie Adams from 2004 to 2010, with Adams citing Vili's drinking as a cause of their marital breakdown in her autobiography.

2005 World Championships in Athletics

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Adams won silver medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics, 2005 World Championships in Athletics, and the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and 2018.