Tom Walsh happy with form ahead of Games
Before Tom Walsh shocked the shot-putting world by coming from nowhere to finish third at the World Indoor Championships in March, he knew something special was coming.
His numbers in the gym were booming, his technique was on-song, his confidence was high and he was throwing well in training.
The early signs for this month's Commonwealth Games and a tilt at a gold medal look good as the 22-year-old is in far better shape now than he was then.
In typically modest Walsh fashion, he is quick to point out big numbers in the gym and the training park do not win anything, but the Timaru apprentice builder is as well prepared as he could be.
''I'm about 10kgs ahead on most of my lifts from where they were at before the indoor worlds,'' he said from his Swiss base yesterday.
''My strength is going from strength to, um, strength. Excuse the pun.''
Tomorrow morning (NZ time) Walsh will get a sneak peak at the Commonwealth Games venue when he competes in the Glasgow Diamond League meet before heading to another meet in the Czech Republic.
He competes again at Glasgow's Hampden Park in the Games on July 28.
''I'm pretty happy with where I am and that gives me a lot of confidence. Confidence is what I had when I threw well at the World Indoors so that's important to me.
''I don't like talking about numbers for things like what I think I'm going to throw this week or at the Games ... but let's just say I'm feeling good and things are going well.
''I'm throwing really well at training, throwing better and further than I was this far out from the indoor worlds.''
Walsh has the best outdoor throw of any Commonwealth shot putter in 2014 with 21.16m and now Delhi gold medallist Dylan Armstrong has pulled out through injury (wrist), the Kiwi is a real gold medal prospect at Glasgow.
His main opposition is likely to come from Canadians Tim Nedow and Justin Rodhe, Jamaican O'Dayne Richards and fellow Kiwi Jacko Gill.
After another tough block of training, Walsh is not expecting to be at his best in Glasgow tomorrow; anything over what he threw in his last Diamond League event, in Eugene, Oregon would be pleasing.
''That was straight off a big six week block too and I threw 20.51m there. I can throw further when I'm a bit fresher like I plan to be at the Games, so if I can throw well this weekend, and with everything going well, then I'll be all set for the Games.''
Walsh in the only Kiwi certain of a start in Glasgow tomorrow though middle-distance runner Angie Smit was still waiting to find out if she would be invited to compete after placing second in a race in Ireland yesterday.