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Walsh beaten by Olympic champ in Oregon

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/05/2017

A series of strong throws wasn't enough for Kiwi Tom Walsh to catch Olympic champion Ryan Crouser in a world class shot put battle in Eurene, Oregon.

Crouser won the Diamond League meet from Olympic bronze medallist Walsh with a best of 22.43m, achieved in the fifth of six rounds.

The American's three longest throws were all longer than a consistent Walsh could achieve at the Prefontaine Classic.

The Timaru thrower's best was his 21.71m, with four subsequent legal throws measuring 21.62m, 21.20m and 21.48m.

American Joe Kovacs was third with a best of 21.44m.

It was a solid outcome for defending Diamond League series champion Walsh, whose season-best is 21.80m while his national record is 22.21m.

He achieved 21.64m this week at a lead-up event in Tuscon, his first international outing of the year.

Walsh, 25, will enter another period of training in the United States before a European campaign which features a bid for world championships gold in London in August.

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