Improved Walsh second in Lausanne shot put
Tom Walsh's season-best throw still isn't enough to overcome Olympic champion Ryan Crouser in a high-quality shot put showdown in Switzerland.
7 July 2017
New Zealand's Tom Walsh has unleashed a season-best throw at the Diamond League meet in Lausanne but it wasn't enough to topple American arch-rival Ryan Crouser.
Olympic bronze medallist Walsh placed second with an impressive 21.97m while compatriot Jacko Gill was eighth in a 10-man field with his 20.70m effort.
Walsh was happy with his best distance of the year by 17cm, achieved with his opening throw, as he builds towards the world championships in London in August.
It was just 24cm short of his personal best and 26cm longer than his previous Diamond League meet effort in May, when he was also beaten by Crouser at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon.
Walsh admits Olympic champion Crouser is throwing at a different level after the American won on Thursday with a 22.39m heave. Four of his throws were better than the Kiwi's best effort.
"I train a lot with Ryan and he almost always is ahead of me," Walsh said.
"I need to turn the table at some point in time. Who knows? I may do that at the biggest stage."
Former world junior champion Gill wasn't at his best, having achieved a career-best 21.01m in January, which was enough to qualify for the world championships.
Gill saved his best distance until last after failing to better 20.36m through his first five throws.
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