Above: Tom Walsh in action at the Auckland Track Challenge. Photo by Alisha Lovrich.
Tom Walsh came close to finishing in the top three at his first Diamond League shot put for 2015, throwing a respectable 20.81m at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League in Eugene in the USA.
The 23 year old Cantabrian threw his best distance in the third round of the competition and kept hold of that position until the final round when his friend Ryan Whiting (USA) put in a 21.37 throw to snatch away a Diamond League point that Walsh had his hand on.
Ahead of the Whiting and Walsh tussle, two times world champion David Storl (Germany) and Joe Kovacs (USA) had a close battle to decide the winner with the American tossing a big 22.11 on the final throw of the contest ahead of the German's best of 21.92.
Walsh's fourth placing reflected his world ranking heading into the competition.
In the Diamond League 10,000m race, Zane Robertson, running his first ever track race over the distance, decided not to duel it out with Mo Farah and the top Kenyans, and finished in 18th place, with a very good time of 27min 46.82 sec, the seventh fastest ever by a New Zealander.
The 25 year old Hamiltonian, now based in Ethiopia, ran a steady paced effort but will be disappointed with the time, agonisingly outside the world championships qualifying time of 27:45.00, and five seconds outside the New Zealand record held by Dick Quax.
Robertson will now reconsider his aims for the season. It is possible that he could to try to qualify for the 5000m, the event in which he won the bronze medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.