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Perfect finish to Adams' games preparations

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

MONTE CARLO - Valerie Adams rounded off a perfect Commonwealth Games preparation with a dominant victory at the Diamond League meet in Monte Carlo yesterday.

Adams claimed her 53rd straight win with a best effort of 20.38m.

Any of the powerhouse New Zealander's four legal throws would have been good enough for first place, with German Christina Schwanitz a distant second with 19.54m.

Adams, 29, is the unbackable favourite to add a third straight Commonwealth title in Glasgow to a bulging trophy cabinet that also includes two Olympic golds and a record four straight world championship crowns.

"The big focus for me this year is the Commonwealth Games and obviously I now switch all my attentions there," Adams told AAP.

"My goal there is to get another championship medal and obviously win another gold for New Zealand."

Adams was surprised that Schwanitz did not push her harder at the Stade Louis II.

The shot put shapes as a rich potential source of medals for New Zealand in Glasgow.

Adams — who leads the 2104 world rankings with 20.46m — is at the shortest of odds to claim the women's crown.

Cleopatra Borel from Trinidad and Tobago — who was fourth yesterday — is the next best performed Commonwealth athlete this year with a best of 19.10m.