Tom Walsh claimed an 11th straight national shot put title to match his championship best performance of 12 months ago with a season’s best of 21.70m on his home track.
The 2019 World bronze medallist launched the shot out to his best throw in round four to finish clear of Jacko Gill (Auckland) who took silver with a rock solid 21.07m on his seasonal debut.
However, Walsh felt a little frustrated he did not produce a little more in his final competition of the domestic season.
“It’s quite frustrating at the moment, I’m training really well but just can’t quite translate it into the shot circle,” he says. “It is a timing issue and it happens every year but this one seems to be hanging around for a bit longer. But I had four really good attempts at it and four out of six times on a windy night is not the worst result.”
Ryan Ballantyne rounded out the podium in bronze with a best of 19.82m – just 3cm shy of his personal best set at the Capital Classic last week.
Lauren Bruce grabbed silver in the women’s hammer with a 63.08m throw, nearly ten meters behind National Champion Julia Ratcliffe, while Hamish Kerr collected his fifth New Zealand senior men’s high jump title with a best of 2.16m.
Images: Alisha Lovrich