Walsh wins shot put gold at world champs

August 8, 2017

Kiwi shot-putter Tom Walsh has won the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in London.

Walsh threw a best of 22.03m with his last throw. This saw him finish 37cm ahead of American Joe Kovacs, while Olympic champion Ryan Crouser of the United States was fifth.

The result was New Zealand’s first ever gold for men’s shot put at the world champs.

Kovacs appeared to have snatched the lead off Walsh with his final throw but it was ruled a foul, much to Kovacs’ displeasure.

Walsh won bronze at the Rio Olympics last year and is the current world indoor champion. Walsh has a personal best of 22.21m.

Olympic bronze medallist Eliza McCartney, who also represented New Zealand in London, finished ninth in the pole vault.

The 20-year-old failed with her three attempts at 4.65m, having previously cleared 4.45m and 4.55m.

She hurt her Achilles tendon before the tournament, which had affected her preparation, and was well off her personal best of 4.82m.

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Nice - go NZ!!! πŸ™‚


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I heard he comes from Timaru! Good on him. He is a very strong man to win against all them other men who were also capable of winning. πŸ˜€