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Adams to tackle Olympics without coach

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/07/2016
World number one shot putter Valerie Adams. © Getty Images World number one shot putter Valerie Adams.

Double Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams will hunt a third successive gold medal in Rio next month without coach Jean Pierre Egger.

Egger, 73, suffered a knee injury while travelling to the recent Diamond League meeting in Monaco, and is unable to make the journey to support Adams in Brazil.

Egger's surgery and rehabilitation, and the risks associated with travel, mean he will have to watch Adams from his home in Switzerland.

"I'm gutted that JP won't be there in Rio with me and it's disappointing for him too," Adams said.

"But I'm in great form and really looking forward to competition day as is JP and the rest of the team. The bus continues on."

Following the injury, Egger and Adams have been working on strategies to ensure that the 31-year-old Kiwi continues her encouraging form improvement when she competes on the first day of the Rio athletics programme on August 12.

Adams's winning 20.05m at the Monaco Diamond League was her best effort since undergoing shoulder and elbow surgery in September 2014.

Adams' physiotherapist Lou Johnson will accompany her to the Games and Athletics NZ high performance director Scott Goodman will also assist in Rio with technical support.

Both Johnson and Goodman have been working with Adams and Egger in Switzerland since the coach's injury.

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