CHRISTCHURCH (NZL): Tom Walsh isn’t taking anything for granted at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April, informs TV New Zealand. “If you throw anything over 21m, you should have a medal. But men’s shot put in the Commonwealth has risen – last Comms I broke the Commonwealth record, had it for 24 hours before O’Dayne [Richards] broke it with 21m. Now there’s five guys that threw over that last year. It shows you how much the level has risen, but the first thing to take care of is world indoors because I’ve got to take care of that crown,” he said.
RunBlogRun opines: Tom Walsh won the London World Championships last summer. I recall an interview post London, where I asked Tom why he threw well when his competition had bad days in London. Walsh told me about a bad competiton in a Junior championship. He reminds himself of that competition, in order to stay focused. Walsh enjoys the sport, and the competition. Watch for some big throws from the Kiwi champ in 2018!