25 Aug 2019

Tom Walsh delivers stunning performance in Paris

8:40 am on 25 August 2019

New Zealander Tom Walsh delivered a high-flying performance at the Diamond League in Paris to win the shot put with a throw of 22.44m.

Tom Walsh in the Shot Put

Tom Walsh Photo: PHOTOSPORT

It was the reigning world champion's best throw of the season and surpassed his own meeting record of 22metres in 2016.

His first throw was his winning throw and his next three all went over the 22 metre mark.

American Joe Kovacs finished in second place, Brazil's Darlan Romani was third.

On the track, Nick Willis finished 14th in the 1500 metre race with a time of 3:37:33.

The New Zealand pole vaulter Eliza McCartney had a disappointing return to competition.

McCartney, who hadn't competed since January because of injury, wasn't able to clear 4.25 metres on her three attempts.

The winner was Alysha Newman of Canada who cleared a height of 4.82 metres.