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Walsh breaks national record in final meet

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/09/2016

Tom Walsh competes in the shot put final at Rio. © Getty Images Tom Walsh competes in the shot put final at Rio. Tom Walsh has tacked another centimetre to his New Zealand shot put record to place second at a season-ending meet in Croatia.

Walsh ignored wet conditions to produce a best distance of 22.21m at the IAAF World Challenge in Zagreb, surpassing his 22.20m heave at his Diamond League-clinching win in Zurich last week.

The 24-year-old has added to his national mark on three occasions since winning bronze at the Rio Olympics, which he achieved with a best of 21.36m.

Walsh has had the better of Olympic champion Ryan Crouser since Rio but the American struck back on Monday, winning with a meet record 22.28m. Darrell Hill of the United States was third with 21.44m.

The Kiwi responded with his record throw in the fifth round, which fell narrowly short of victory but completed a purple patch of form to end his 2016 international season.

He will return to New Zealand this week.

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