GOAT, Greatest of All Time: Adams becomes the only woman in history to win four #Olympics medals in a single field event.

Oceanias’ first medal was achieved by none other, Dame Valerie Adams, who claimed the bronze medal in the Shot Put final of Tokyo 2020. Her best throw of 19.62 metres got her on the podium behind China’s Lijiao Gong and USA’s Raven Saunders.

As she stepped out of the circle after her final throw, it was confirmed, Dame Valerie Adams had written herself in more ways than one into the history books. The emotion was instant as she let out a scream of delight. As she soaked up the moment, at her fifth Olympics, 17 long years after her first in Athens, she then produced a photograph of her two children, son Kepaleli, 2, and daughter Kimoana, 3, to show the world.

Dame Valerie told Sky Sport that all the sacrifices were worth it.

“This means so much more than winning my gold medals; I’ve worked so hard to be here today; I’ve worked so hard to put myself in a situation where I had the opportunity to try and win a medal for New Zealand.

“From the last Olympics to these Olympics, I’ve had two humans, and these two children inspire me. Throughout the competition, I kept looking up to the stand and imagining them there.

“I hope to continue to inspire female athletes all around the world that if you want to have a kid and you want to come back and be at the top of the world, you can, you can absolutely do that, and today’s a testament to that.”

Valerie is an inspiration both on and off the field. In her spare time, she is Deputy Chair of the World Athletics Athletes Commission, sits on the World Athletics Council, Chair of the Oceania Athletes Commission and a member of the OAA Council. On top of her training, she is also coaching her sister Lisa Adams, soon to be a Paralympian. Then, of course, her most important job is being a mother to her two beautiful children and a wife to Gabe.

Valerie is certainly not done with Tokyo yet; she will now go to Saga for a training camp to coach her sister Lisa, who will be competing at her first Paralympic Games. [That will be a] very proud moment, not only for myself as her big sister, but for our family,”

Congratulations, Val, from everyone at Oceania Athletics; we are fortunate to have been a part of your journey so far, and you have certainly made us all very proud. 


Valerie Adams by the numbers:

  • Adams becomes the only woman in history to win four #Olympics medals in a single field event.
  • Becomes the oldest Medalist in Women’s Shot Put history at the Olympic Games (aged 36)
  • With Shelly-Ann Fraser Price winning Silver in the 100m, they (Valerie) join seven other women and 7 Men who have won a medal at four different Olympic Games.
  • 3rd thrower to (Al Oerter and Jan Zelezny) to win a medal at 4 Games.

Valerie Adams Superlatives:

  • 2 Olympic Gold Medals (2008, 2012)
  • 1 Olympic Silver (2016)
  • 1 Olympic Bronze (2021)
  • Four-time World Champion (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013)
  • 1 x World Championships Silver medallist (2005)
  • 4 x World Indoor Championships Gold medallist (2008. 2010, 2012, 2014)
  • 1 x World Indoor Championships Bronze medallist (2016)
  • 5 x Olympic Games finalist
  • 6 x World Championships finalist
  • 33 x Diamond League meeting winner
  • 2 x Current Oceanian Record holder – Shot Put