Walsh’s fi­nal heave de­poses de­fend­ing champ

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

LON­DON — New Zealand’s To­mas Walsh won the men’s shot put world ti­tle on Sun­day with a stun­ning se­ries of throws capped by a best of 22.03 me­ters.

The 25-year-old — a former house builder, which he cred­its for his body strength — edged de­fend­ing cham­pion Joe Ko­vacs of the US, who posted a best of 21.66m.

“To pull it out on the last one is awe­some,” said Walsh, who re­vealed he had been un­dergo- ing treat­ment on his groin prior to the fi­nal.

“I knew that (the USA’s Olympic cham­pion) Ryan Crouser was go­ing to at­tack on the last at­tempt and it is so spe­cial for me to know that I was able to at­tack, too.

“Whether it was a fierce throw or not, I tried my hard­est on the last throw and it worked. I did not want to do 22m in the qual­i­fi­ca­tion and then lose it in the fi­nal.”

Walsh pumped the air with his fist af­ter his sec­ond throw as he took the lead from Ko­vacs, who had thrown 21.46.

Walsh con­sol­i­dated his lead with his third ef­fort record­ing a mark of 21.75m, but things weren’t go­ing well for Crouser, who slipped to fifth by the third round.

There was a heated fi­nale when Ko­vacs’ last throw, which ap­peared to be over 22m, was ruled out by a red flag.

He de­manded an ex­pla­na­tion but there was to be no go­ing back on the de­ci­sion as his trail­ing foot had clipped the board as he launched the shot.

How­ever, with the heat of bat­tle hav­ing cooled, Ko­vacs was sat­is­fied with his sil­ver.

“I am happy to get on the podium, of course, but I was ready to come back for the gold,” he said.

China’s Lyu Hui­hui broke the women’s Asian javelin throw record at the World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don on Sun­day.

Lyu, the sil­ver medal­ist in the 2015 worlds two years ago in Bei­jing, set the record of 67.59 me­ters in her first at­tempt, bet­ter­ing the per­vi­ous mark of 66.47 set by com­pa­triot Liu Shiy­ing less than three months ago.

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