Valerie Adams awarded London 2012 Gold Medal back in NZ
Valerie Adams was awarded the London 2012 gold medal for shot put back in New Zealand at a special ceremony after Belarussian Nadezhda Ostapchuk tested positive for metenolone.
Ostapchuk’s failed test saw the 31 year old stripped of her medal and excluded from the Olympic Games.
Adams was advised of the news by London 2012 New Zealand Chef de Mission Dave Currie and was rendered speechless. “I asked Dave if the news was for real, and then just burst into tears. I was overwhelmed that I’d won gold. I’m honoured and humbled for the support I’ve received from New Zealand and would like to thank the country.”
She added that the vast majority of New Zealand athletes are proud to compete cleanly on the world’s stage.
Adams threw 20.70m in the shot put final at the Olympic Stadium on 6th August and was awarded silver behind the Belarusian who had taken gold with 21.36m. It was the first time Adams had been beaten by Ostapchuk in nearly two years.