scoop.co.nz 24 Mar, 2021 06:30 am

Walsh Looks To Make A Statement

Walsh Looks To Make A Statement
Shot put titan Tom Walsh believes the rescheduling of the Jennian Homes New Zealand Track and Field Championships in Hastings has worked in his favour as he seeks a 12th successive national title on Friday. The marquee Athletics New Zealand competition ...

Shot put titan Tom Walsh believes the rescheduling of the Jennian Homes New Zealand Track and Field Championships in Hastings has worked in his favour as he seeks a 12th successive national title on Friday.The marquee Athletics New Zealand competition was originally scheduled for earlier this month but an untimely Covid outbreak in Auckland forced its postponement to the new dates and the 29-year-old thrower is confident the three-week delay will have a positive impact on his performance.“I don’t like to talk distances but I’m definitely in shape to throw well and in excess of 22m,” says Walsh, whose last plus-22m throw in New Zealand was a mighty 22.On Friday evening, Walsh has an opportunity to extend his long-standing winning streak at the Jennian Homes New Zealand Track and Field Championships – a feat he will almost surely achieve barring disaster as Gill will not be competing at Mitre 10 Park.

That leaves local hero Nick Palmer as the man most likely to get closest to Walsh, the finest male shot putter New Zealand has produced.The men’s shot put at the Jennian Homes New Zealand Track and Field Championships takes place from 6.

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