Gold for Adams

Valerie Adams has been awarded the shot put gold medal after Nadzeya Ostapchuk, who was initially awarded first place, failed a drugs test.

A win is a win and a gold is a gold. Adams was obviously disappointed by her second placing and it is wonderful that she has now successfully defended the first place she got in Beijing.

But it is unfortunate that this gold comes without the extra excitement and thrill which she would have experienced at the awards ceremony had she been declared the winner on the day.

And only Ostapchuk can explain why she risked drugs when the chances of being found out were so high.

New Zealand now finishes 15th on the medal table with six gold, two silver and five bronze.

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