Walsh finishes sixth in Diamond League event

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 09:03 29/08/2014
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New Zealand shot put star Tom Walsh has finished sixth in his final Diamond League outing of the season, throwing 20.48m at the Weltklasse meeting in Zurich, Switzerland today.

It was flat performance from Walsh who produced his best throw of the night first-up but couldn't improve over the next five attempts.

Walsh had the satisfaction of beating double Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski from Poland once again and former world champion Christian Cantwell (USA), but he was well down on the leading trio in Zurich.

The competition was won by Reese Hoffa (USA) with 21.88 from David Storl (GER) 21.47 and Joe Kovas (USA) 21.43.

Walsh finished a respectable fifth in the 2014 Diamond League overall shot put standings, scoring points at two of his four outings.

The overall Diamond League title for 2014 went to Hoffa (23 points), from Storl (13) and Kovacs (10). Walsh scored three points.

Walsh now heads to Berlin for the ISTAF World Challenge meeting on Monday before his final meeting of a successful season, the Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco.

His campaign has included grabbing third place at the World Indoor championships, second at the Commonwealth Games and setting a national and Oceania record of 21.26m.

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