South Canterbury's Tom Walsh and was one of the highlights for New Zealand on day one of the World Indoor championships in Poland overnight, making it through to finals.
Walsh performed outstandingly in his first major championship event.
Walsh went into the shot put qualifying competition ranked 17th out of the 21 athletes, but emerged as the sixth best after three attempts.
The New Zealand record holder from Timaru started well with 20.18, then followed up with 20.08 to lie in 8th place after the second round. He then unleashed a big 20.41 with is third attempt to lift two places.
In the process, Walsh took the scalps of many top international shot putters and added 1.14 metres to the New Zealand indoor record. Walsh, ranked 23rd in the world in 2013, now contests the final of eight competitors on Saturday morning at 8:05am (NZ time).
- The Timaru Herald