There was a twinge of disappointment for Tom Walsh after he won the silver in the shot put.
“Obviously I wanted the gold there’s no doubt about that, but I’ll definitely take the silver. It was a massive throw by O’Dayne Richards. I thought I had it in me but these things happen, and I tried my best out there and everything I’ve done is pretty good I think,” said Walsh.
Richards from Jamaica led after the first round with 20.94m and Walsh took over by 2cm after the next round with 20.96m. The big bomb from Walsh came in round four with 21.19m which only spurred Richards to respond with the winning performance of 21.61m, a new Games record and Jamaican national record.
“I thought my best might have been a PB, but I knew I had it in me that’s for sure I never thought it was out of my reach,” he added.
Walsh said that he was still missing it a bit.
“Just rushing these things, it’s a tough one to really look back right now. If I had my timing that I had yesterday and as calm as I was yesterday and things like that, it probably could have been pretty close, but today I probably got a little more tense as the competition went through and the pressure went on, but I never ruled myself out and I thought I had it in me.”
“I wasn’t letting the lower half of the body do the work because you don’t throw with the upper half. You learn from these experiences and hopefully I come out I’ll do a little bit better.”
Walsh’s next competition will be the Stockholm Diamond League on 21 August, and a few more comps before the Continental Cup on the 15 September.
Richards was full of praise for Walsh.
“He’s encouraging, he’s a good guy he smiles a lot he tells the other competitors to relax,” said Richards.
“I wasn’t that confident of beating him, he’s gone over 21 metres he got the bronze medal at the world indoor championships and he beat me there.”
Tim Nedow of Canada was third with 20.13m. Jacko Gill failed to make the final eight after the first three rounds where his best was 18.05m.
Athletics New Zealand