Tom Walsh breaks NZ shot put record again

FAIRFAX MEDIA
Last updated 06:30 13/12/2013
TOM WALSH
Fairfax NZ
NEW RECORD: For the second time in less than a week, shot putter Tom Walsh has reset the New Zealand record.

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Commonwealth Games shot put prospect Tom Walsh has won the Zatopek Classic event in Melbourne with another record New Zealand throw.

The 21-year-old Canterbury athlete hurled 20.61m Thursday night, after breaking Jacko Gill's previous national record with a 20.45m throw in Geelong last Saturday.

"The Zatopek Classic is a big deal, so to have stepped up and delivered in front of a good crowd is a real buzz,'' Walsh said.

He has now produced three 20m-plus throws in successive outings after breaking the Canterbury centre record a fortnight ago with a 20.30m effort which met the 2014 Commonwealth Games qualifying standard.

Walsh finished ahead of Australian training partner Damien Birkenhead in Melbourne with Sweden's Robert Melin third.

The South Canterbry man is now ranked 22nd in the world and fifth in the Commonwealth for 2013. His Melbourne throw would have earned him 10th place at the London Olympic Games and seventh in the 2013 world championships in Moscow.

Walsh returns to Christchurch today to continue training, have Christmas with his family and return to work as a builder before focusing on some international competitions next year, including the International Track Meet in Christchurch in February.

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