Tokyo Olympics: Kiwi shot putter Tom Walsh wins again in Games build-up

  • 11/06/2021
Tom Walsh celebrates his victory.
Tom Walsh celebrates his victory. Photo credit: Getty

Kiwi shot putter Tom Walsh has continued his winning form in the build-up to next month's Tokyo Olympics.

On Friday, Walsh claimed his third-straight international competition at the Diamond League meeting in Florence with a best throw of 21.47 metres.

After sitting behind his rivals through the first five qualifying throws, the Rio bronze medallist did enough with his final throw - part of the Diamond League's new format - to beat local Leonardo Fabbri and Serbia's Armin Sinancevic.

The throws are staged under a 'Final 3' format, where the top three athletes from the qualifying stages move on to a sudden-death round to determine the podium.

The win is Walsh's second in the Diamond League this season and comes just days after a strong showing at the Music City Track Carnival in Nashville, when he threw 22m - his longest throw since the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

The 29-year-old now returns to the US to join his training squad and continue his preparations for next month's Games.