Suc­cess for South Can­ter­bury ath­letes

South Canterbury Herald - - SPORT - MARK QUINLIVAN

South Can­ter­bury ath­letes Tom Walsh and Dy­lan Ken­nett will re­turn to New Zealand with Com­mon­wealth Games medals.

Mon­day wasn’t Walsh’s best night, but it was still enough for gold in the shot put for the world in­door and out­door cham­pion.

The Ti­maru­vian was far too classy for op­po­si­tion at Car­rara Sta­dium on the Gold Coast with a best of 21.41 me­tres to win by 27 cen­time­tres.

Walsh, the hot gold medal favourite, made a slow start, man­ag­ing just 20.40m with his first put.

He was bet­ter sec­ond up, man­ag­ing 21.21m to take the lead. His third and fifth round ef­forts were fouled out while his fourth was his best and was not bet­tered in his sixth and fi­nal ef­fort.

In qual­i­fy­ing on Sun­day, Walsh smashed the Com­mon­wealth Games record. His first-up ef­fort of 22.45m, bet­tered the pre­vi­ous mark of 21.61m set by Ja­maican O’Dayne Richards at Glas­gow four years ear­lier. Walsh’s qual­i­fy­ing throw was 1.79m bet­ter than any­one else in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Mean­while, Ken­nett a track cy­clist from Wai­mate, opened South Can­ter­bury’s medal count with bronze medal in the men’s in­di­vid­ual pur­suit on Fri­day.

The 23-year-old beat Aus­tralian Jor­dan Kerby in his bronze medal ride-off at the Anna Meares Velo­drome in Bris­bane, clock­ing 4:18.373 to win by more than four sec­onds.

Ear­lier in qual­i­fy­ing, Ken­nett turned in the ride of his life to record what was then the Games record with a time of 4:13.414 for the 4000 me­tres, which rep­re­sented a five-sec­ond per­sonal best. Two other rid­ers later went even faster to rel­e­gate Ken­nett into the bronze ride-off.

RE­SULTS:

Dy­lan Ken­nett: 7th in men’s time trial, 15th in men’s scratch race fi­nal, bronze medal in men’s in­di­vid­ual pur­suit.

UP­COM­ING EVENTS:

Natalie Rooney (trap shoot­ing) - Qual­i­fy­ing Fri­day at 11am NZT; fi­nal, Fri­day at 5:55pm NZT. Shane Arch­bold (cy­cling) - Men’s road race, Satur­day at 2:30pm NZT.

PHOTO: AN­THONY AU-YEUNG/PHOTOSPORT

Dy­lan Ken­nett with his bronze medal won in the men’s 4000m in­di­vid­ual pur­suit

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