stamped his authority on the event in the qualifying rounds with a Commonwealth Games shot put record of 21.24m, a staggering 1.34m further than the qualifying distance set.
He was just 2 centimetres short of his New Zealand record which is the bronze medal effort of 21.26m at the world indoor championships in Poland in March.
Walsh was pretty happy with his opening round effort.
“I just wanted to come out and throw as far as I could first round, and I managed to do that, it came off the hand pretty well and the rest is out there,” he said.
He was just looking for anything over 19.90m.
“Anything over 19.90m I would have been happy with, yes it definitely makes me a lot happier.”
Walsh reconfirmed that he is in pretty good nick
“I’m throwing really well at the moment so I’m happy with that and hopefully I can push it out a wee bit further tomorrow.”
Walsh said the final is a different situation.
“I can come out and throw 20.50m, no I’m pretty comfortable with the way I’m throwing and then I try not to worry about anyone else cause I can’t control them.
“I just try and do the same things, focus on the processes and don’t worry about the outcome, because as soon as start worrying about the outcome it’s not that good.”
It will be the same routine for the final as it was for the qualifying round.
“I usually have a wee training session in the morning, to wake the body up and get it moving, try to have something to eat three hours before, get here two hours before the comp and do a half hour warm up and then go out there and take three or four throws before the comp,” added Walsh.
qualified fifth in the shot put with his first round throw of 19.54m. He fouled his other two attempts.
Gill said it was awesome to qualify.
“I’m so happy and it’s such a strong field so I’m really happy to make the final,” said Gill.
He hopes to go further in the final.
“It will be good tomorrow, just the atmosphere is amazing.”
“I wanted to throw far today, but I’m really happy to make the final, that was the first goal.
“I was so happy for Tom out there, it’s the first time we’ve been team mates. Everyone shot putting in New Zealand is just amazing.
Gill is confident of a better throw in the final.
“It’s just getting the technique right, you can’t improve your strength or anything like that right now, so it’s just technique and getting your mind on the condition.
just needed one throw to comfortably qualify for the final of the women’s hammer throw. The just turned 21 year old was out to 67.96m, easily within the qualifying mark set of 65.00m.
Ratcliffe said that it was good to come and get it done.
“It feels so good to get it done in the first one, big relief,” she said.
“It’s been a great season, I’ve been really consistent which is something I was lacking last season so pretty proud that I’ve managed to keep that going.
“The technique wasn’t great on that first throw, but if it’s going that far with that technique, then good things to come.
“It was great out there, my Dad is front row and then my Aunty and my cousin and my Mum and my sister had some big signs saying “Hammer it Home Ratcliffe”, so that was great to see in the crowd, my sister quite likes to get into the sign making, the support is great.
In the final Ratcliffe is hoping to go over 70,
“With a couple more throws, obviously with three throws to make top eight and then another three throws to continue, it should be good you’ve just got to hit your groove and get over the nerves,” she said.
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