Tom Walsh wins silver in Games shot put

Richard Patterson reacts after winning the gold medal at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow.
Richard Patterson reacts after winning the gold medal at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow.
New Zealand’s Tom Walsh poses with his silver medal from the men's shot put.
New Zealand’s Tom Walsh poses with his silver medal from the men's shot put.
Sally Johnston celebrates her Commonwealth Games gold medal in the  the women's 50m rifle prone with her proud parents Jenny and Ken.
Sally Johnston celebrates her Commonwealth Games gold medal in the the women's 50m rifle prone with her proud parents Jenny and Ken.
New Zealand’s Julia Ratcliffe competes in the women's hammer final at Glasgow’s Hampden Park.
New Zealand’s Julia Ratcliffe competes in the women's hammer final at Glasgow’s Hampden Park.
New Zealand's Joelle King playing in the bronze medal match against England's Alison Waters in Scotstoun, Glasgow.
New Zealand's Joelle King playing in the bronze medal match against England's Alison Waters in Scotstoun, Glasgow.
New Zealand’s Richard Patterson attempts a lift during the men’s 85kg weightlifting event.
New Zealand’s Richard Patterson attempts a lift during the men’s 85kg weightlifting event.
New Zealand’s Brent Newdick competes in the men's 400m decathlon.
New Zealand’s Brent Newdick competes in the men's 400m decathlon.
New Zealand’s Tom Walsh competes in the final of the men's shot put.
New Zealand’s Tom Walsh competes in the final of the men's shot put.
Lauren Boyle reacts after her silver medal-winnimg swim in the women's 800m freestyle final.
Lauren Boyle reacts after her silver medal-winnimg swim in the women's 800m freestyle final.
New Zealand’s Richard Patterson competes in the mens 85kg weightlifting at the Clyde Auditorium during day five of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
New Zealand’s Richard Patterson competes in the mens 85kg weightlifting at the Clyde Auditorium during day five of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Julia Ratcliffe celebrates winning a silver medal in the women's hammer throw at the Commonwealth Games.
Julia Ratcliffe celebrates winning a silver medal in the women's hammer throw at the Commonwealth Games.
Hutt Valley shooter Sally Johnston won a Commonwealth Games gold 16 years after winning bronze in the same event, the women's  50m rifle prone.
Hutt Valley shooter Sally Johnston won a Commonwealth Games gold 16 years after winning bronze in the same event, the women's 50m rifle prone.
New Zealand's Glenn Snyders on his way to finishing fourth in the men's 50m breaststroke final.
New Zealand's Glenn Snyders on his way to finishing fourth in the men's 50m breaststroke final.
New Zealander Jacko Gill competes in the final of the men's shot put.
New Zealander Jacko Gill competes in the final of the men's shot put.
Julia Ratcliffe on her way to winning a sliver medal in the women's hammer final.
Julia Ratcliffe on her way to winning a sliver medal in the women's hammer final.
Kiwi Sally Johnston on top of the medal dais for the women's 50m rifle prone next to silver medallist, South Africa's Esmari van Reenan, left, and Scotland's Jen McIntosh, the bronze medal winner.
Kiwi Sally Johnston on top of the medal dais for the women's 50m rifle prone next to silver medallist, South Africa's Esmari van Reenan, left, and Scotland's Jen McIntosh, the bronze medal winner.
Julia Ratcliffe, left, shows off her silver medal in the women's hammer throw alongside Canada’s Sultana Frizell and England’s Sophie Hitchon.
Julia Ratcliffe, left, shows off her silver medal in the women's hammer throw alongside Canada’s Sultana Frizell and England’s Sophie Hitchon.
Lauren Boyle shows off her silver medal alongside Wales’ Jazmin Carlin and Canada’s Brittany Maclean.
Lauren Boyle shows off her silver medal alongside Wales’ Jazmin Carlin and Canada’s Brittany Maclean.
 New Zealand's Lauren Boyle in action during the women's 800m freestyle final.
New Zealand's Lauren Boyle in action during the women's 800m freestyle final.
Bronze medallist Joelle King stretches for the ball.
Bronze medallist Joelle King stretches for the ball.

A glassy-eyed Tom Walsh rued a slightly off-night and a "big bomb" from Jamaican O'Dayne Richards as he had to settle for Commonwealth Games silver.

The New Zealand gold medal favourite, who was top qualifier yesterday, wasn't good enough today for victory in the men's shot put final on a warm evening at Hampden Park.

The big Jamaican stunned Walsh with a career-best throw of 21.61m with his fourth attempt - exactly half a metre than his previous personal best.

SILVER STAR: Tom Walsh winds up in a shot put throw on his way to second place at the Commonwealth Games.
SILVER STAR: Tom Walsh winds up in a shot put throw on his way to second place at the Commonwealth Games.

Walsh was consistent throughout the final, with all throws in the late-20m, early-21m range.

His best effort, also on his fourth throw, was 21.19m, just shy of his career best of 21.26m.

He must have seen the writing on the wall after Richards' sensational fourth attempt, which nobody saw coming.

To his credit, Walsh held his head high despite the obvious disappointment and applauded the crowd before leaving the arena.

"Obviously I wanted the gold but I'll definitely take the silver. It was a massive throw by O'Dayne. I thought I had it in me but these things happen. I tried my best out there and everything I've done this year is pretty good," said Walsh, who announced himself on the world stage with a bronze medal at the world indoor champs.

"He [Richards] threw the big bomb before I threw the big bomb. I thought it might have been close to a PB. I knew I had it in me, I never thought it was out of my reach."

Richards, who qualified in second spot yesterday, laid down an early marker with a 20.94m throw which Walsh fell 21cm short of in his first attempt.

But the 22-year-old builder from Canterbury wound up and edged ahead by the smallest of margins with his second throw, hurling 20.96m.

He had his nose in front until Richards' whopping fourth throw, which killed off hopes of a New Zealand shot put golden double at these Games, with Val Adams almost certain to win the women's shot put on Thursday.

Walsh had his parents, brother Bill and a few mates in the big crowd at Hampden, and admitted he wasn't at his best.

"I was still missing it a wee bit; just rushing it. It's a tough one to look back on right now. If I had the timing that I had yesterday and the calmness I had yesterday it probably would have been pretty close.

"Today I got a little more tense as the competition went through and the pressure went on."

It wasn't a good day for the Kiwi men, with Jacko Gill failing to fire in the final.

His first throw was a no throw and he could only muster feeble efforts of 16.70m and 18.05m with his second and third attempts. The 19-year-old junior star missed the cut for the top eight and was forced to leave the arena after three throws.

Gill had qualified fourth, with a throw of 19.54m yesterday.

He recently threw 20.70m in the Cook Islands. That would have been good for bronze today; instead third place on the podium went to Canadian Tim Nedow with 20.59m.

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