World Indoor championships bronze medallist Tom Walsh will be the sole kiwi competing at the Prefontaine Classic meeting this weekend in Eugene, Oregon. The Prefontaine meeting is the third round of the IAAF Diamond League, following on from the Doha and Shanghai events.
All the leading shot putters will be competing in Eugene including the top Americans, Olympic Champion Tomasz Majewski from Poland and world champion David Storl of Germany.
It will be the second Diamond League meeting for the 22 year old from Timaru, after finishing eighth with 19.61 at Athletissima in Lausanne, Switzerland last year. He is the sole Commonwealth athlete competing in the shot put at the Diamond League event in Eugene, the famous capital of Track and Field in the USA. The reigning Commonwealth champion, Canadian Dylan Armstrong who has a personal best of 22.21 has not competed in 2014 yet.
The Kiwi beat many of the field the last time he competed against them in March in Sopot, Poland at the World Indoor championships, throwing a New Zealand record 21.26, but he does not expect to be at his best until later in the year, peaking for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, starting in July.
The competition will be Walsh's first since the New Zealand Championships in late March and comes following a heavy block of training with big weights.
Christian Cantwell leads the Diamond League shot put after one competition from fellow Americans Joe Kovacs and Ryan Whiting.
The men's shot put starts at 3.10pm (NZT) on Saturday, one of several events held day 1 of the Classic, with the bulk of the meeting on Sunday.
Results can be found at http://www.diamondleague-eugene.com/Live-StartlistsResults/Overview/
The Prefontaine Classic will screen on Sky Sport 1 at 10.30am Sunday 1 June.