Tom Walsh only needed one throw to qualify for the final of the men’s shot put at the IAAF World Championships in Doha.
Tom sailed through with a first-round throw of 21.92m, well over the auto-qualifying distance of 20.90m. Eight throwers in Group A cleared 20.90m.
Tom said it was exactly what he wanted to do: “I wanted to come out tonight and throw one and get it over and done with, and put the feet up as fast as I can, so that’s what I managed to do along with three other guys.”
As reigning world shot put champion both indoors and out and the current Commonwealth gold medallist, Tom Walsh has forged a formidable championship record in recent times. However, a record-breaking nine men (including Tom) have thrown beyond 22m this year.
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