19 Mar 2016

Walsh wins world indoor gold

6:13 pm on 19 March 2016

The Timaru shot putter, Tom Walsh, has become the first New Zealand man to win gold at the World Indoor Championships.

Tom Walsh

Tom Walsh Photo: PHOTOSPORT

After winning a world indoor bronze in 2014, Walsh was in a class of his own on Saturday at Portland's Oregon Convention Centre in the United States of America.

The 24-year old dominated the final with five throws beyond 21 metres, a mark none of his competitors were able to cross.

His best throw of 21 metres 78 came in his sixth and final attempt, eclipsing the Oceania indoor record he'd broken with his second throw by 18 centimetres.

Eighty nine centimeters behind Walsh in second place was Romania's Andrei Gag, while Auckland's Jacko Gill was ninth following his best throw of 19.93 metres.

Walsh joins Valerie Adams as the only New Zealanders to win World Indoor athletics titles.

On Sunday, Adams will try to win her fourth indoor crown and secure New Zealand both the women's and men's shot put titles.