Valerie Adams celebrates Olympics gold

Valerie Adams celebrates Olympics gold

Published Aug. 14, 2012 2:31 a.m. ET

New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams says she will not ''waste energy'' thinking of Nadzeya Ostapchuk after receiving the gold medal at the London Olympics after her Belarus rival had a positive doping test.

Adams was defending her Olympic title when she finished second to Ostapchuk in the final of the women's event on Aug. 6.

Ostapchuk's disqualification, announced on Monday, gives Adams back-to-back golds to go with her three world championship titles.

Adams told New Zealand media in a conference call from her training base in Switzerland that Ostapchuk, who won the gold medal by 66 centimeters, is now ''history.''


''What's happened has happened and what's my feeling towards her? None at all. I don't want to waste any energy on her,'' Adams said. ''What I want to do is enjoy the moment and savor the moment. It's a pity it came out a week later (than the event), but as I said she's caught now. It was her moment but that's the only moment she'll be able to live because now it's all taken away from her.

''I don't want to waste any more energy thinking about how I feel about her because I feel nothing towards her except that I'm overwhelmed that I've won the gold medal and very humbled by the people who have stood by me after the 6th of August.''

Adams was reluctant to say whether she had suspicions about Ostapchuk, who achieved a big improvement in her previous best throws in the months before the Olympics.

''Two months before the Olympics she seemed to throw massive throws in Belarus ... massive, massive. And she comes out (at the games) and produces a massive series,'' Adams said. ''But I never wanted to assume and I never have. Other people have and other people have made comments about her looks and how she threw and all the rest of it.

''But at the end of the day it happened, and I'm just happy that the system that has been put in place to make the sport clean is working and today is the end result. I won the gold for New Zealand and now we've got six gold medals as opposed to five.''

Adams said she was driving to the home of her Swiss coach Jean-Pierre Egger when she received the call from New Zealand chef de mission Dave Currie to tell her she had won the gold.

Egger's wife opened their front door to find Adams sobbing on the doorstep.

''I just fell into JP's arms and just shared the moment, because we shared the moment of distress and disappointment on August 6th. But today we shared a moment of happiness,'' Adams said.

''Right now ... it's a lot for me to take in. I missed the moment in the stadium of having my medal presented to me. But at the end of the day the facts have come out and I am an Olympic champion back to back and I'm very happy to be able to achieve my goal.

''Even though it's a week later it's better than never coming and I'm just very delighted and very overwhelming.''

The New Zealand Olympic Committee said it was planning a ceremony at which Adams would be presented with her medal.