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Adams 'overwhelmed' with gold
06:23 AEST Tue Aug 14 2012

Valerie Adams was alone in her car in Switzerland when New Zealand Olympics chef de mission Dave Currie told her over the phone her silver Olympic shot put medal had been upgraded to gold because her rival had failed a drug test.

"I just wish he was with me. I wish somebody was there to share the moment with me," Adams told media shortly after news broke that Belarusian Nadzeya Ostapchuk had been stripped of her medal.

Ostapchuk, who had come into the Olympics after suddenly improving her distances, beat Adams by more than half a metre with a best throw of 21.36m.

Adams, 27, said she later burst into tears when she met up with her coach, Jean-Pierre Egger.

"We just shared the moment. We shared the moment of stress and disappointment on the sixth of August but today we shared the moment of happiness."

It was "overwhelming" and a lot to take in.

Adams, who almost didn't get to compete because of an administrative error, had missed her chance of being awarded a gold medal in the stadium.

"But at the end of the day the facts come out and I am Olympic champion, back-to-back."

She was grateful she was able to achieve her goal.

"It's come a week later, but it's better than never coming."

Adams says she was not thinking about her rival Ostapchuk.

"She is history now. What's happened has happened and what are my feelings towards her? None at all.

"I don't want to waste any energy on her. What I want to do is to enjoy the moment and savour the moment.

"It was her moment, but that's the only moment she'll be able to live now, because now it's all taken away from her."

Adams said she was very humbled by the people who stood by her and the public support.

Adams says she never had suspicions about Ostapchuk taking drugs.

"I never want to assume and I never have. 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."

She was grateful the systems had worked.

"Today is the end result and I won the gold for New Zealand and now it's got six gold medals as opposed to five."

Ostapchuk's urine samples from the day before the event and immediately after it tested positive to the anabolic agent, metenolone.

Ostapchuk denies any wrongdoing and says she will fight the decision to strip her medal.

"To be honest, I don't know all the details because I just got this information myself from the internet," the 31-year-old told local media in Minsk, Reuters reports.

She would wait for the Belarusian delegation to return from London before deciding what to do next.

"You must be a complete idiot to take doping just before the competition, especially such an outdated drug as a steroid, knowing you're going to be tested not once but probably several times."

Ostapchuk also accused Olympic organisers of prejudice against the Belarusian athletes.

She was the 12th athlete at the Olympics to be excluded following doping tests, but the first to lose a medal.

The decision means New Zealand moves up to 15th on the Olympic medal table with a total of six golds, two silvers and five bronzes.

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