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Olympic great Adams to be a mother

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/04/2017

Valerie Adams celebrates her silver medal on the podium. © Getty Images Valerie Adams celebrates her silver medal on the podium. Motherhood awaits Kiwi Olympic great Dame Valerie Adams.

The two-time Olympic shot put gold medallist is expecting her first child in October, she revealed on Sunday.

It caps a momentous week for the 32-year-old, who was anointed New Zealand's youngest Dame at a ceremony in Wellington.

Adams told NZME she and husband Gabriel Price were thrilled.

"We couldn't be happier," she said. "I've always wanted to be a mum. This is bigger for me than any gold medal."

Adams will miss August's world championships in London but says she remains committed to defending her gold medal at next year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

She is yet to commit to a fifth Olympic campaign at Tokyo in 2020, where she would pursue a fourth medal.

Adams won silver at last year's Rio Olympics, denied a hat-trick of golds by a final-round heave from American Michelle Carter.

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