WALSH SET TO MAKE HIS MARK
TOM WALSH has been in superb form lately. Since breaking the championship record with 22.31m to retain the world indoor title in Birmingham last month, the New Zealander has continued to impress outdoors and topping the lot was his performance in West Auckland at the end of March.
Throwing 22.67m, Walsh improved his own Oceanian record and moved to equal sixth on the world all-time list.
The 26-year-old is coached by an Australian – London 2012 Olympian Dale Stevenson – and will be going for gold on his coach’s home soil, looking to improve on his silver from Glasgow four years ago.
The pair set bets ahead of big competitions, with Stevenson having to grow mutton chops-style sideburns after Walsh’s PB win in Birmingham and Walsh getting a tattoo after his London 2017 title, so keep an eye out for any post-competition mementos this time around!
Jamaica’s defending champion O’Dayne Richards sits second in the rankings with his near 22-metre PB of 21.96m. Australia’s Damien Birkinhead – fifth in 2014 – is among the other three entered athletes to have thrown over 21 metres in 2017-18 and will be hoping to make the most of the home advantage to secure a podium place.
Tom Walsh: Kiwi is in fine