Above: Ryan Crouser in winning form in the Mike Greer Homes Big Shot. Photo by Kai Schwoerer / Getty Images.
A New Zealand allcomers record to Rio Olympic Games gold medallist Ryan Crouser and a New Zealand resident record to Rio Olympic Games bronze medallist Tom Walsh highlighted the Mike Greer Homes Big Shot in Christchurch on Sunday.
Walsh opened with a foul attempt while Crouser took the lead in the opening round, throwing 21.06.
Walsh surged to the lead with his second attempt which flew out to 21.46 bettering his own resident record of 21.11m set in winning the national title in Dunedin last March and also the allcommers record held by Ryan Whiting at 21.27 in 2015.
However Crouser responded in the same round with a huge throw of 22.05m. This also bettered the allcomers and meant that Walsh’s hold on that record was very short.
Walsh got out to 21.31 in the third round and 20.88 with his sixth and final attempt while Crouser managed 21.01 and 20.90 efforts.
Crouser said that he was feeling pretty good going into the event.
“Tom opened up well early and he kind of pushed me to step up and make a big throw.”
Although beaten, Walsh said it was still a good day.
“Any day you throw over 21 metres is a good day and Ryan Crouser had a cracker of a day throwing over 22 metres and he’ll be really happy with his opener.”
Jacko Gill, last year’s winner with 20.83m opened with a 20.27 and improved steadily to post his best for the day, a 20.69 in the fourth round. Fourth was Australian Damien Birkinhead at 20.21m and American Whiting was fifth with 19.58m.
Ryan Ballantyne had a 14cm improvement on his performance at the event last year with a PB of 16.18m with the 7.26kg shot.
Australian runners triumphed in the Fast K 1000m street races down Kilmore Street. Rio Olympian Luke Mathews won the men’s race in 2:19.24 beating compatriot Jordy Williamsz who clocked 2:19.92.
Five times New Zealand 1500m champion and Rio Olympian Hamish Carson was third in 2:21.40 with Sam Petty fourth in 2:22.47.
Heidi See who represented Australia at the 2015 Beijing world champions in the 1500m outkicked five times New Zealand 800m champion and Rio Olympian Angie Petty to win the women’s race in 2:39.11.
Petty finished in 2:39.85 with Katherine Camp third in 2:40.29. Georgia Wassall of Australia, 800m bronze medallist at the 2014 world junior championships in Eugene Oregon, was fourth in 2:44.66 and Esther Keown fifth in 2:46.68.