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Adams to get her Olympic gold next week

12:00 Wed Sep 12 2012
Valerie Adams
Valerie Adams waits for her score during the London Olympics.

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae will present Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams with her gold medal from the London Games next week.

The double Olympic gold medallist was denied her golden moment at the Olympic Stadium when drugs cheat Nadzeya Ostapchuk was awarded gold.

Ostapchuk later tested positive for a steroid and was stripped of her medal.

Adams was elevated to first after initially being awarded the silver medal.

The gold medal will be presented to 27-year-old Adams at a special function in Auckland on September 19, the day she returns home from her training base in Switzerland, the New Zealand Olympic Committee confirmed.

"It's exactly what I wanted," said Adams.

"A public celebration on the night I arrive back home is wonderful. I'm looking forward to celebrating the gold medal with the people of New Zealand, as well as my family and members of the New Zealand Olympic team."

London gold medallists Mahe Drysdale, Eric Murray, Hamish Bond, Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie as well as other medallists and Olympic team members will also attend the celebration.

"We've been working with Valerie to create a memorable event and are delighted to invite the people of New Zealand to share it," New Zealand Olympic Committee secretary general Kereyn Smith said.

"It will be a wonderful occasion that honours her achievements on the world's stage, as well the success of our proud London Olympic team.

"This is the very first time an Olympic gold medal will be presented in New Zealand and is an incredible opportunity for Kiwis to be proud and get involved."

The NZOC said the gold medal was now with the International Olympic Committee and was in good condition.

The event at The Cloud on Auckland's waterfront will be open to the public and more than 2500 are expected to attend.

Tickets to the ceremony, which will be simulcast on a big screen in Wellington and feature fireworks displays in both cities, will be given away on radio.