Walsh sec­ond

Sunday Star-Times - - SPORT -

Ath­let­ics: Twenty-four hours af­ter one of his most no­table per­for­mances of the year, Kiwi shot put ace Tom Walsh could not quite re­cap­ture the magic in Poland. The dou­ble world cham­pion (in­doors and out) and Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal win­ner was back­ing up, along with much of the field, just a night af­ter his clutch Di­a­mond League vic­tory in Oslo when he pipped archri­val and Amer­i­can Olympic cham­pion Ryan Crouser by 8cm with his fi­nal throw – a mam­moth 22.29 me­tres. But it was the 2.03m gi­ant from Ore­gon who pro­duced the big throw at the Janusz Ku­socin­ski me­mo­rial meet in in Chor­zow, with a win­ning toss of 22.27m that smashed the Pol­ish all-com­ers record and handed the Amer­i­can a third vic­tory from four matchups against his Kiwi neme­sis this year. Walsh fin­ished sec­ond with a best throw of 21.63m.

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