Tokyo Olympics 2020: Tom Walsh qualifies for shot put final at world championships

Reigning champion Tom Walsh needed just one throw to qualify for the final of the men's shot put at the world athletics championships in Doha. 

The 27-year-old Cantabrian unleashed a big throw of 21.92m with his first attempt to qualify for Sunday's final. 

His heave was more than a metre over the automatic qualifying standard, as he finished 23cm ahead of nearest rival, Darlan Romani of Brazil. 

"I wanted to come out tonight and throw one, and get it over and done with, and put the feet up as fast as I can, so that's what I managed to do, along with three other guys," Walsh said. 

New Zealand teammate Jacko Gill is also through to the final, throwing 21.12m with his first attempt. 

Gill finished second in his group, behind Ryan Crouser (21.67m), and seventh overall.

Auckland's Gill spent time preparing for the world championships alongside Walsh, which gave him lots of confidence. 

"It was really awesome to train with Tom and having everything literally outside of the hotel room was really good," Gill said. "I'm very lucky to be on those camps and have the best preparation possible.

"It's feeling good. Still, a lot to learn, a few things I could do better for the final, so we'll sit down to make those changes."

Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medallist O'dayne Richards failed to qualify for the final, as his third throw of 20.07m was not good enough to finish in the top 12.

The final takes place at 7:05am Sunday (NZ time).