VALERIE Adams’ coach says her below-par performance in the Olympic shot put final was caused by issues in her head.
Adams failed to defend her 2008 Olympic title, with great rival Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus dominating the competition and forcing the Kiwi into silver.
Adams threw 20.70m which was 66cm behind the winner, and 54cm behind her own personal best.
Her Swiss coach Jean-Pierre Egger believed the issue was in her head.
“The problem was emotional. Everything had been going so good. We did have a little trouble with her back two weeks ago but 3-4 days after that she did her best power training and throwing.
“Suddenly something blocked today. I saw it on her face. I’ve never seen Valerie with such an Egyptian face [mummy].
“I went to her too late at the end and said ‘Valerie, please smile’. She smiled, but I don’t know, I must discuss what the problem was with her.”
Egger said her problems were reflected in her technique.
“She was not aggressive enough. Her movement was not the same as her usual training.
Egger gave a cryptic answer to the question of Ostapchuk’s performance.
“I would prefer to keep silent on this performance, if you understand me.”
Egger still wanted to put Adams’ performance into context.
“I said ‘it’s still a success’; our [Swiss] Roger Federer also got a silver medal [beaten by Andy Murray at the tennis].”