Above: Tom Walsh in action at the 2015 IAAF World Championships. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Tom Walsh went close to matching his indoor bronze medal at the world indoor championships with a bronze at the world outdoor championships in Beijing.
Walsh hoisted a big throw of 21.58m in round four for a fresh New Zealand and Oceania Area record, to slot him in third. But David Storl came through with a 21.74m to go into silver with Commonwealth champion O’Dayne Richards sliping back with his 21.69m to take the bronze. Joe Kovacs of USA won with 21.93m.
Walsh felt the bronze was there.
“I’m pretty happy a PB and an amazing championships again. I can’t complain. I was here for the top three, had a really good build up, a shaky first three rounds but then got into my work in the last three. The way I’ve been training there is definitely more in the tank. Bit of a shame I didn’t get the third but I can’t be unhappy with an area record and PB,” said Walsh.
For the first time in a field event final at an Olympic or World Championship New Zealand had two competing with Jacko Gill excelling in eight place with 20.11m.
“It was pretty good, I’m a bit disappointed in my throws, but it was good to make the top eight. I was happy to perform on the day. I was up at 3.30 this morning doing some weights and it has been a very long day, it’s been about 14 hours no sleep at all, so I’m pretty tired, but I’m happy to come out and do one weight session, do two throws sessions, warm up before each of those qualification and final and to throw on the 20 line both times was good.
“It’s pretty cool. I’m only 20 and I’ll keep moving up the ladder next couple of years.”
Portia Bing finished a creditable 16th in the heptathlon with a final score of 6057 points.
“I’m stoked obviously I had a few little faults in day two but I ‘m not complaining I came in literally ranked very near the bottom and to actually come in the top 16, which was totally my goal, so I’m absolutely stoked. My first world champs so the competition is crazy.
“The lap of honour with all the girls at the end, is incredible, in New Zealand there would be no lap of honour because there would be no one watching and there would only be three girls. So to be in that kind of environment it lifts you so much. The overall score a bit lower than my PB, but there were so many PB’s within the event and I think just for me it’s just a massive build towards Rio, I’m really happy.
“My biggest downfall was my javelin throw It did absolutely no justice to what I have been doing. Just unfortunately today it was one of the events I couldn’t click, it comes with experience and I’m sure in the future I’ll be able to get in there. "
"And with that down long jump with a few no jumps just puts you just a little bit behind so I think it’s just an experience thing. I have no real complaints. The 800m felt like one of the best 800’s I’ve run."
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent