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The medal might not have been the colour she wanted, but Valerie Adams remains a New Zealand Olympic legend and an inspiration. Silver at the London Olympics in the shot put is a fine achievement. Stand tall and proud Valerie – you didn’t lose gold, you won silver – Loved that brilliant smile when you held up the medal. You will surely have the support of the nation during your campaign for Rio. Watch out Nadzeya Ostapchuk!

Valerie – still smiling in a post-competition interview