Tom Walsh breaks NZ's shot put record with mammoth throw

Tom Walsh has fired warning shots at his competitors ahead of next month's Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast with a record breaking throw.

The Kiwi broke the New Zealand shot put record with a throw of 22.67 metres at the Graeme Douglas International Track Challenge in Auckland.

It is the biggest recorded since 2003, and sees him now tied ninth on the all-time list.

Walsh was pleased with the effort.

"It’s one of those ones when you’ve been throwing for as long as I have and the rest of the boys will say this, when you move easily it comes off your hand with no effort at all," he told Newshub.

"It just feels so easy and you know generally that’s it gone a long way; you’re never sure how far it’s gone, you just know it’s gone a long way.

"To come home and have three comps with these guys and throw so well, especially in this last one, throw a massive PB of 36cm, I can’t ask for much more really."

Walsh’s previous best was 22.31m at the World Indoor Championships on March 3.

He’s competed in three national competitions since and doesn’t believe he runs the risk of burning out before the Gold Coast.

"I go home for two weeks and then we go over to the Com Games, so I got plenty of time to get back and chill out and to address a few things that I need to address in my technique," Walsh told Newshub.