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Two-time Olympic Champion Valerie Adams expresses excitement ahead of 16th TCS World 10K Bengaluru

The 39-year-old put her weight behind Indian Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra ahead of Paris 2024 stating that, ‘He knows precisely what needs to be done to defend his gold medal’
Bengaluru | Written by: BNN Team | Updated: 27-04-2024 | Views: 197
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Arriving in Bengaluru on Thursday for the landmark 16th edition of the Tata Consultancy Services World 10K Bengaluru, scheduled for Sunday, April 28th, Dame Valerie Adams, the iconic shot putter and four-time World Champion, shared her excitement ahead of the World Athletics Gold Label race with a total prize money of 210,000 USD up for grabs. “This is my first time in Bengaluru and I am really excited to be here to witness thousands of participants on Sunday vie to beat their personal goals,” expressed Adams.  
 
She highlighted the spirit of community through participative sport at the TCS World 10K Bengaluru and emphasized the inclusivity of running and its ability to unite communities. “It’s crucial as a city and as a community to celebrate this milestone because it signifies a step in the right direction. Running, in its essence, is for everyone. It’s inclusive, allowing individuals of any ability to participate,” expressed Adams, who has won the prestigious Diamond League gold medal five consecutive times.
 
The TCS World 10K Bengaluru, with a new home at the Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw Parade Ground, is set to witness record participation with over 30,000 participants across on ground and virtual categories. Speaking on its significance for the city, Adams remarked, “What is truly remarkable about this race is the presence of both elite and amateur runners, having a singular goal of reaching the finish line.”
 
Adams also candidly spoke of her back-to-back Olympic gold medals in Beijing and London, further acknowledging the pressure on Indian Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra who will defend his gold medal in javelin at the Paris Olympics. “There’s undoubtedly immense pressure on Neeraj; the weight on his shoulders must be substantial. The noise can be overwhelming at times. However, Neeraj is seasoned; he knows precisely what needs to be done, and he will do everything in his power to go out there and perform for himself and for his country,” said the 39-year-old New Zealander.
 
On her personal relationship with running, Adams, who is also the first woman to win four consecutive individual titles at WA World Championships opined, “Polynesians are not usually runners, but since I have retired, running makes me feel good about myself. Running is one of those things that you can do anywhere. It's free. All you must do is put your shoes on and walk out the door and the impact that it has on you is so positive. That is what makes it addictive.”
 
Speaking on what makes an athlete successful, the three-time Commonwealth Games winner remarked, “It takes a very, very long time. You' will need to be very persistent and passionate about your sport. It's not for the faint hearted and it can get very lonely. If you are up for it, then do come along, otherwise you are better off with a social team sport.”

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