Shot put

Athletics Weekly - - Commonwealth Games -

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

form lately

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