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31 August 2019 • General

Tom Delivers on Big Stage Once Again

Above: Tom Walsh in action at the Zurich Diamond League Finals. Photo Credit: Weltklasse Zurich

Tom Walsh proved himself once again as the king of the shot put world with a Diamond League Record in claiming the win at the finals in Zurich this morning. His 22.60m throw is the second longest of the season after his 22.67m Area Record set in Auckland back in March. Second to Walsh was 2017 Diamond League champion Darrell Hill (USA) who threw 22.40m, Olympic Champion Ryan Crouser (USA) was third with a 22.18m throw.

The Diamond League Final victory was worth US$50,000 to Walsh and with World Indoor and Commonwealth Games success already achieved in 2018 it represents a perfect three from three in major competitions for the year.

Walsh will stay in Europe for further competitions, with next month’s IAAF Continental Cup in the Czech Republic, likely to feature several Kiwi athletes, bringing the curtain down on the season.

In other results from Zurich, Noah Lyles (USA) ran a scorching 19.67 seconds on what was a cool night to claim victory in the 200m, Andreas Hoffman (GER) was a surprise winner over his compatriot and Olympic Champion Thomas Rohler in the Javelin with a 91.44m performance and Katerina Stefanidi (GRE) pulled out a season’s best 4.87m in the Pole Vault to claim victory over Sandi Morris (USA).

The Diamond League now rolls onto Belgium with night two of the finals set to kick off in Brussels early tomorrow morning NZT. SKY Sport 3 will have live coverage from 6:00am NZT.