Shot putter Walsh in top form ahead of Games

Last updated 05:00 14/07/2014
Tom Walsh
FEELING GOOD: NZ shot-putter Tom Walsh is more than satisfied with where he is at prior to the Commonwealth Games.

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Kiwi shot put star Tom Walsh reckons everything is coming together nicely ahead of the Commonwealth Games after a whopping throw at a Diamond League meeting.

Walsh continued his impressive form in the lead up to the Games with a third-placed finish at the Glasgow leg of the Diamond League on Saturday.

Walsh, competing in a field against the world's best, set the pace early, with a monster throw of 21.23m.

It wasn't until the third round that he relinquished the lead when eventual winner, American Rees Hoffa, edged past him with a 21.67m throw.

In the fourth round, world champion David Storl moved into second place and past Walsh with a 21.26m effort.

Walsh, the 22-year-old Christchurch builder, could not improve on his outstanding initial toss, but was encouraged by his first competition following a heavy training load over the last three weeks.

It also gave the five-times New Zealand champion a good look at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games throwing circle and Hampden Park stadium.

Walsh's 21.23m was his longest outdoor throw and just 3cm short of his indoor best set when winning bronze at the World Indoor championships in March.

"I'm stoked to have got so close to my PB [personal best]. I didn't think I would throw that far, everything looks like it as all coming together nicely for the Comm Games."

The next competition for Walsh will be in the Czech Republic next week, while his Games shot put final will be on July 28.

Meanwhile, Zane Robertson, fresh from a fast 3000m last week, ran 3:53.72 for the mile at the Morton Games in Dublin on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Ethiopian-based Hamilton runner finished fourth behind winner Will Leer, American training partner of Nick Willis.

The time was a personal best by 2.41sec and lifts Robertson to fourth on the New Zealand all-time mile list behind John Walker's 3:49.08, Willis' 3.49.83 and Rod Dixon's 3:53.62. In the process, Robertson jumped ahead of Peter Snell's 3:54.1.

The result comes just weeks after Willis ran under 3:50 for a mile in Oslo. New Zealand has only once before had two milers running under 3:54 in the same year and that was 39 years ago in 1975 when Walker set a world record and Dixon was at his peak.

New Zealander Hamish Carson also set personal best of 3:57.79 in the race. Fairfax NZ

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