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Valerie Adams

Adams won gold in Beijing and London and should challenge for the title again in Rio Olympics 2016.

Shot putter Valerie Adams will have the opportunity to become the first woman to win the event at three successive Olympics after she was named in New Zealand’s initial athletics squad for this year’s Rio de Janeiro Games on Friday.

Adams, whose injury-hit 2015 season was ended by knee surgery, won gold in Beijing and London and should challenge for the title again in Rio, as she hopes to move clear of Tamara Press of the former Soviet Union as the only women to have won the title twice.

The 31-year-old, who was awarded the gold in London after Belarus’ Nadzeya Ostapchuk tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, took bronze at the world indoor championships in Portland last month.

Nick Willis, the Beijing 1,500 metres silver medallist, joins Adams at their fourth Games. Willis also won bronze in Portland.
World indoor shot put champion Tom Walsh, who threw a season-leading 21.78 to clinch gold in Oregon and has three of the five leading throws outdoors this year, has also been named to compete at his first Olympics.

(The Hindu)