14 August 2012 / Sponsorship
In a dramatic overnight development, champion shot putter and Toyota ambassador Valerie Adams has claimed her rightful gold medal from Belarus rival Nadzeya Ostapchuk, who was disqualified.
The twist means successive golds for Valerie at Beijing and now London, to top off her five-year track record which also includes two Commonwealth Games and three World Championship titles.
Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Marketing, Neeraj Lala, said the 27-year-old has demonstrated not only sporting excellence, but also the values underpinning the biggest international competition there is.
"Valerie has displayed the qualities of a true professional through this challenging campaign and Toyota joins the rest of New Zealand in congratulating her on defending her title.
"We're proud to see Valerie join a small, illustrious group of Kiwis who have won gold at successive Games. This group includes the likes of Peter Snell, Mark Todd, Ian Ferguson, Paul MacDonald, and Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell." said Mr Lala.
Valerie Adams became a Toyota ambassador in July, recognised by the company for her dedication and hard work in her chosen sport.