Tom Walsh (shot putter)
|Born||1 March 1992|
Timaru, New Zealand
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||120 kg (265 lb)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Club||South Canterbury Athletic Club|
|Coached by||Ian Baird|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||22.90 m (outdoor)|
22.31 m (indoor) (CR)
Tomas Walsh (born 1 March 1992) is a New Zealand athlete who competes mainly in the shot put. He is the current national record holder both outdoors and indoors for the event. His personal best of 22.90 m (75 ft 1+1⁄2 in), set in Doha, 5 October 2019, is also the Oceanian record and makes him the sixth best shot putter in history.
Walsh was the bronze medallist at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, the silver medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 4th at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics, winner of the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, the bronze medallist at the 2016 Summer Olympics, the gold medallist at the 2017 World Championships and the bronze medallist at the 2019 World Championships, 2022 World Athletics Indoor Championships and the 2020 Summer Olympics, and gold medallist at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Walsh made his international debut at the 2009 World Youth Championships in Athletics, where he placed sixth in his shot put speciality and also competed in the qualifying of the discus throw. On 12 December 2009 Walsh recorded a put of 20.21 m (66 ft 3+1⁄2 in) the 5 kg shot to win the Senior Boys title at the New Zealand National Secondary School Track and Field Championships. This performance was a New Zealand Youth (Under 18) record which was broken the following day by Jacko Gill when winning the Junior Boys (Under 16) title.
Walsh broke the New Zealand junior record on 18 March 2010 with a put of 18.82 m (61 ft 8+3⁄4 in) with the 6 kg shot but this was broken 9 days later by Gill with 19.92 m (65 ft 4+1⁄4 in). At the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics Walsh failed to qualify for the final of the shot put which was won by Gill.
In 2012 Walsh won his first senior national shot put title which he retained the following season and also added the discus title. On 12 December 2013 Walsh broke Gill's New Zealand senior shot put record with 20.61 m (67 ft 7+1⁄4 in) in Melbourne, Australia which he improved with 21.16 m (69 ft 5 in) on 22 March 2014, also in Melbourne.
At the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, in his first senior international competition and first ever competition indoors, Walsh finished third in the men's shot put. He set an indoor national record of 20.41 m (66 ft 11+1⁄2 in) in the qualifying round and improved upon this mark three times in the final finishing with 21.26 m (69 ft 9 in) which was an Oceanian indoor record and the same distance as the Oceanian outdoor record.
Later in 2014, Walsh improved his outdoor personal best and the New Zealand record with 21.23 m (69 ft 7+3⁄4 in) at the 2014 IAAF Diamond League meet in Glasgow on 11 July, before improving again to 21.24 m (69 ft 8 in) on 27 July, during the qualifying round at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which was a Commonwealth Games record. In the final, Walsh won the silver medal behind O'Dayne Richards.
In 2015, Walsh defended his New Zealand shot put title with a throw of 20.73 m (68 ft 0 in) on 8 March, before setting a new Oceanian record of 21.37 m (70 ft 1+1⁄4 in) on 21 March at the Melbourne Track Classic.
Walsh finished fourth at the 2015 World Championships on 23 August in Beijing, throwing a new personal best of 21.58m. He was just 11 cm off the bronze medal. He improved his personal best to 21.62m on 8 September in winning the shot put at the Hanžeković Memorial in Zagreb. On 11 September Walsh won his first Diamond League meet with a throw of 21.39m in Brussels.
In the 2016 World Indoor Championships, Walsh won the gold medal with a throw of 21.78m, breaking his own New Zealand national and Oceania area indoor records three times in the process. He went on to take the bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, with 21.36m, and the following year won the 2017 IAAF World Championships with 22.03m.
Walsh retained his World Indoor title at the 2018 World Indoor Championships, with a then personal best of 22.31m. He surpassed this with 22.67m on 25 March the same year, at the Sir Graeme Douglas International Track Challenge in West Auckland, New Zealand, moving him into the top-10 World All-Time.
Tom's father, Peter, won the New Zealand junior men's shot put in the 1964–65 season and was a member of the 1974 South Canterbury Rugby side that won the Ranfurly Shield.
- Shot put – 22.90 m (75 ft 1+1⁄2 in) Doha (2019) Commonwealth Record AR NR
- Discus throw – 53.58 m (175 ft 9+1⁄4 in) (2014)
Shot put season's best
Senior implement weight (7.26 kg) only.
|2010||17.57 m||Waitakere, New Zealand||20 February|
|2011||18.83 m||North Shore, New Zealand||5 December||123|
|2012||19.33 m||Amiens, France||30 June||111=|
|2013||20.61 m||Melbourne, Australia||12 December||22=|
|2014||21.26 m (i)||World Indoor Championships||Sopot, Poland||7 March||11|
|21.24 m||Commonwealth Games||Glasgow, Scotland||27 July|
|2015||21.62 m||Hanžeković Memorial||Zagreb, Croatia||7 September||5|
|2016||22.21 m||Hanžeković Memorial||Zagreb, Croatia||5 September||2|
|2017||22.14 m||World Championships||London, England||5 August|
|2018||22.31 m||2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships||Birmingham, England||3 March|
|2018||22.67 m||Sir Graeme Douglas International Track Challenge||West Auckland, New Zealand||25 March|
|2019||22.90 m||2019 World Athletics Championships||Doha, Qatar||5 October||=2|
|2020||21.70 m||New Zealand National Champs||Christchurch, New Zealand||6 March|
- Shot put: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
- Discus throw: 2013
- 22.45 m GR in qualifying
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- World Youth Championships 2009 Archived 8 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. World Junior Athletic History. Retrieved on 9 March 2014.
- Tomas Walsh. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 9 March 2014.
- Jacko Gill. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 9 March 2014.
- World Junior Championships 2010 Archived 9 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine. WJAH. Retrieved on 9 March 2014.
- Johnson, Len (12 December 2013). Shot putter Walsh shares spotlight with distance runners at Zatopek:10. IAAF. Retrieved on 9 March 2014.
- (2014-03-23). . The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved on 23 March 2014. Archived 23 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine
- Lewis, Paul (9 March 2014). Athletics: Bronze is pure gold. The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved on 9 March 2014.
- "IAAF: Shot Put Series Result - IAAF World Indoor Championships 2014 - iaaf.org".
- Minshull, Phil (8 March 2014). Report: men's shot put final – Sopot 2014. IAAF. Retrieved on 9 March 2014.
- Matthew Brown (11 July 2014). "Hassan beats Aregawi again with a meeting record – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- Fred Woodcock (28 July 2014). "Games record for Walsh in qualifying". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- Mark Geenty (29 July 2014). "Tom Walsh wins silver in Games shot put". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- Toby Robson (8 March 2015). "Tom Walsh wins New Zealand national shot put title". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- NZ athletes on record spree in Melbourne. Retrieved on 22 March 2015.
- "New Zealand's Tom Walsh pipped for shot put bronze at world championships". stuff.co.nz. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
- "Kiwi shot putter Tom Walsh wins Zagreb World Challenge with another personal best". stuff.co.nz. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
- "Tom Walsh wins Diamond League meet in Brussels, beats shot put world champion". stuff.co.nz. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
- "IAAF: Shot Put Series Result - IAAF World Championships London 2017 - iaaf.org". iaaf.org.
- "What a shot, Tom Walsh".
- "Rio Olympics 2016: Tom Walsh wins bronze". 19 August 2016 – via New Zealand Herald.