Success for South Canterbury athletes
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.
Dylan Kennett: 7th in men’s time trial, 15th in men’s scratch race final, bronze medal in men’s individual pursuit.
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.
Dylan Kennett with his bronze medal won in the men’s 4000m individual pursuit