Athletics: Adams unhappy with revamped shot put format after bronze medal

Valerie Adams of New Zealand during the women's shot put final at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon on March 19, 2016.
Valerie Adams of New Zealand during the women's shot put final at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon on March 19, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

PORTLAND (AFP) - New Zealand shot put star Valerie Adams hit out at the revamped competition format of the World Indoor Athletics Championships on Saturday, after losing her world title to Michelle Carter of the United States.

The 31-year-old Kiwi has been almost invincible in the event for nearly a decade, winning back-to-back Olympic titles in 2008 and 2012 and four consecutive golds at the World Championships from 2007 to 2013.

Adams had been chasing a third consecutive indoor gold in Portland to set alongside her victories in 2012 and 2014.

However, the New Zealander had to settle for third place after her best throw of 19.25 metres was eclipsed by both Hungary's Antia Marton and winner Carter.

Although Adams was happy to get back to competition after a year disrupted by injury, she did not mince her words over the new format in Portland, where events played out against a soundtrack of loud music, plumes of smoke and bright lights in a bid to ramp up crowd excitement.

"It was a little bit different, I must admit," Adams said.

"It was a bit of a show, really. It was dictated by TV and the crowd as opposed to performances.

"They had to trial it, and Portland was where they trialled it. I think the crowd obviously loved it. It's not my favourite, it's a lot of p*****g around but it is what it is and you just have to roll with it."

Adams would not be drawn on her plans to defend her Olympic title in Rio. "I've had five surgeries in the last three years. I'm very happy to be back, and to have a podium finish was even better," she said.

"I cannot ask for more than that. It took a little while to come back to where I am today, and I know there's more there. It's a work in progress to get to Rio, but it's been fun.

"I still love the sport with all my heart and I have a big passion for it, so I'll keep going as long as I can."