'He will enjoy this moment!' Grinning Tom Walsh receives gold medal for winning performance at World Champs




Kiwi shot putter Tom Walsh has officially received his gold medal this morning after his historic performance in the Shot Put Men final of the IAAF World Championships in London yesterday.

The ecstatic Canterbury builder, Walsh, emerged victorious in a tense final to become just the third Kiwi - and the first man - to win a medal at the world championships.

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Walsh wasn't at his best but neither were his rivals, none of whom could match his 22.03m heave in the final throw of the competition.

Peter Walsh said his son has undying self-belief and backed himself to clinch gold today at the Athletics World Championships.
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However a late challenge from American thrower Joe Kovacs threatened to see Walsh demoted to silver, before being overruled.

Kovacs challenged the call that saw his final throw disqualified, despite being bigger than Walsh's.

American Joe Kovacs' appeal could have seen the Kiwi’s gold downgraded to silver.
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It left Olympic bronze medallist Walsh to add to his indoor world crown won last year, the 25-year-old holding his arms high being hoisted into the air by a rival after putting the icing on the cake.

American Olympic champion and overwhelming gold medal favourite Ryan Crouser was a major disappointment, finishing sixth with a best of 21.07m.

Walsh became the first Kiwi male to win a medal at the world champs.
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