Updated: 03/09/2014 04:19 | By Agence France-Presse

Kiwi Adams savours 'sweet' shot defence

New Zealand's record-breaking shot putter Valerie Adams savoured the "very sweet" defence of her world indoor title on Saturday, coming after a return to the field following surgery.

Kiwi Adams savours 'sweet' shot defence

New Zealand's Valerie Adams wins the Women Shot Put Final event at the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in the Ergo Arena in the Polish coastal town of Sopot, on March 8, 2014 - by John MacDougall, Johannes Eisele

Adams, 29, managed a best of 20.67 metres in a performance that mirrored her outdoor dominance -- she won golds in the Beijing and London Olympics, and also picked up four consecutive world and two Commonwealth Games titles.

Germany's Christina Schwanitz took silver with 19.94m and China's Lijiao Gong claimed bronze (19.24m).

"I am very satisfied," a buoyant Adams said. "It is very, very sweet.

"Over the last six months, I've been training and rehabilitating after surgery. We didn't want to push it which is hard to do because I love competitions."

Adams added: "I threw 20.19m in New Zealand two weeks ago and thought I was in shape to come here today.

"I am very happy to be here, to claim my third world title, it's fantastic."

Adam admitted that the day-in, day-out life of shot put and global athletics was something that would live long for her.

"My passion, my motivation for the sport, it motivates me," she said. "It is what I work for. It is what I crave every day. I love the competitions, everything about track and field. I love my life.

"This is my job and I love my job."

Schwanitz acknowledged that Adams was a formidable opponent.

"I'm very satisfied," she said. "My result is only nine centimetres under my personal best so this is perfect.

"Winning the gold medal was unlikely for me. I would have to train a lot more and harder to get as far as Valerie."

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