WALSH Tomas

1 Mar 1992
29
Male
TIMARU
 
New Zealand
CHRISTCHURCH
 
New Zealand

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
ATH Athletics Men's Shot Put 3 Bronze Medal

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Olympic Stadium - Shot Put A
Finished
Olympic Stadium - Shot Put A
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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Olympic Games
YearLocationShot Put
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA3rd (21.36)

World Athletics Championships
YearLocationShot Put
2019Doha, QAT3rd (22.90)
2017London, GBR1st (22.03)
2015Beijing, CHN4th (21.58)

Diamond League overview - Three best ranks per season and event since 2017
YearShot Put
20212 x 1st
20192 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd
20183 x 1st, 1 x 4th, 1 x 5th
20171 x 1st, 2 x 2nd, 1 x 6th

Diamond League - Ten best performances since 2020
RankYearEventLocationResult
12021Shot PutFlorence, ITA21.47
12021Shot PutDoha, QAT21.63
12019Shot PutBrussels, BEL22.30
12019Shot PutParis Saint-Denis, FRA22.44
12018Shot PutZurich, SUI22.60
12018Shot PutLausanne, SUI21.92
12018Shot PutOslo, NOR22.29
12017Shot PutBirmingham, GBR21.83
22019Shot PutDoha, QAT22.06
22017Shot PutLausanne, SUI21.97
22017Shot PutEugene, OR, USA21.71

World Athletics Continental Tour - Ten best performances since 2020
RankYearEventCompetitionLocationResult
12021Shot PutWorld Athletics Continental TourSzekesfehervar, HUN22.22
12021Shot PutWorld Athletics Continental TourBydgoszcz, POL21.46

World Challenge - Ten best performances since 2020
RankYearEventCompetitionLocationResult
12019Shot PutWorld ChallengeZagreb, CRO21.98
12019Shot PutWorld ChallengeOstrava, CZE22.27
12018Shot PutWorld ChallengeOstrava, CZE22.16
12017Shot PutWorld ChallengeZagreb, CRO21.50
22018Shot PutWorld ChallengeZagreb, CRO21.78

World Indoor Championships
YearLocationShot Put
2018Birmingham, GBR1st (22.31)


Legend
SF - Semifinal, QF - Quarterfinal, 1R - 1st Round, Qual. - Qualification, QR - Qualification Round, DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, DQ - Disqualified, NM - No Mark, [Relay athlete without time] - Did not run in final
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Tom (Twitter profile, 07 Nov 2020)
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Building, golf. (spikes.worldathletics.org, 12 Apr 2017)
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Athlete
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Partner Dana Mulcahy
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English
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Dale Stevenson [personal], AUS
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His father was a New Zealand champion in shot put. (iaaf.org, 29 Feb 2016)
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He played rugby and cricket at youth level for New Zealand, and played cricket in England for four months on a scholarship. (throwholics.com, 19 Jan 2014)
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In February 2016 he withdrew from an event because of a hip injury. (stuff.co.nz. 08 Feb 2016)

He was affected by a hip injury at the world championships in 2015. (spikes.worldathletics.org, 12 Apr 2017)
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He began focusing on athletics in 2009. (throwholics.com, 19 Jan 2014)
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His parents were both athletes and encouraged him to get involved in sports. He played rugby and cricket when he was younger and athletics was just something he did part-time. He decided to concentrate his efforts on athletics after finishing sixth at the 2009 Youth World Championships in Brixen, Italy. "If I can get sixth in the world with no training, imagine what I can do with some." (throwholics.com, 19 Jan 2014)
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To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (newshub.co.nz, 04 Oct 2019; newshub.co.nz, 01 Apr 2020)
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Coach Ian Baird. (stuff.co.nz, 21 Feb 2019)
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"In the shot some guys need to get hyped up and angry. Others want to start a fight and some people like to get late to the venue so their heart rate is racing. Being more low-key and relaxed works for me, but it doesn't work for everyone." (spikes.worldathletics.org, 12 Apr 2017)
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"The one I always took from Ian [Baird], my coach for many years, was 'keep dreaming'. So, by that he means if you want to one day throw 23 metres, don't let anyone doubt you and keep focused on achieving that goal. It won't necessarily come true, but at least you are looking ahead and working towards something." (spikes.worldathletics.org, 12 Apr 2017)
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He was presented with the 2018 Supreme and Sportsman of the Year awards at New Zealand's annual Halberg Awards. (tvnz.co.nz, 21 Feb 2019)

He was named the 2015 Senior Athlete of the Year by Athletics Canterbury in New Zealand. (athleticscanterbury.org.nz, 16 May 2015)

General Interest

General
BARNES THE ONE TO BEAT
He says that US athlete Randy Barnes' shot put world record of 23.12m set in 1990 is the record he wants to beat, despite Barnes receiving a ban for an anti-doping violation the same year, and later a lifetime ban. "Like a few other records, there are controversial ones. People say Joe [US athlete Joe Kovacs] has got the clean world record now. I personally don't look at it that way. The world record is in a book and it's 23.12m. Yes, there may be some controversial things around that, but that is the mark I'm looking to beat." (nzherald.co.nz, 06 Oct 2019)

PASSIONATE GOLFER
He is passionate about golfing, and believes it is important to have interests outside of athletics. "Particularly for some of the athletes who go away for two to three months at a time, it is important to focus on something more than athletics. Golf is my passion. It gets me out of the house for five hours and that is great. My coach and I have a rule that we don't talk athletics on the golf course. Playing the game is a great break from athletics." (spikes.worldathletics.org, 12 Apr 2017)

OCCUPATION
He has done part-time work as a builder to help pay the bills and keep him grounded. "The boys [workmates] bring me back down to earth whenever I come back from being away. I just think it's good to have something else in your life to do apart from training. A career to fall back on if something happens, injury or something. It is a big Kiwi [New Zealand] thing to be grounded and humble. Never become too arrogant or cocky because if you have annoyed too many people on your journey to the top, people won't help you when you are no longer number one." (spikes.worldathletics.org, 12 Apr 2017; throwholics.com, 19 Jan 2014; stuff.co.nz, 30 Apr 2016)

Milestones

In 2017 he became the first male New Zealand athlete to win a gold medal at the world championships in either track or field events, when he claimed gold in shot put at the 2017 edition in London, England. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Feb 2020)

At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro he became the first male New Zealand athlete to win an Olympic medal in a field event, when he claimed bronze in shot put. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Feb 2020)

In 2016 he became the first male New Zealand athlete to win a gold medal at the indoor world championships in either track or field events, when he claimed gold in shot put at the 2016 edition in Portland, OR, United States of America. He also claimed gold in shot put at the indoor world championships in 2018, making him the first male New Zealand athlete to successfully defend a world indoor title. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Feb 2020)
Legend
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Bronze Medal
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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