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Olympic Champ' Opens Up!
From STUFF.CO.NZ - Tom Walsh extended his own New Zealand resident record, but it wasn't enough to trump Olympic gold medallist Ryan Crouser at the Big Shot in Christchurch. Competing for just the second time this year on Sunday, Walsh managed a best throw of 21.46m in the second round, only for the big American to respond in emphatic fashion a few moments later. Crouser, who won gold in Rio with a 22.52m bomb last year, hit the front for good after unleashing a 22.05m effort.It also gave the 24-year-old the New Zealand all-comers record, which Walsh held for all but a couple of minutes. "That surprised me a little bit," Crouser said, referring to his winning distance. "I was hoping to be real consistent at 21m. I'm in heavy strength training so the speed kind of wasn't quite there. I felt good but I felt a little bit out of control. "It's a good sign to be able to throw 22m. So to do that purely on strength right now, I was a little surprised." Crouser, who predicts himself, Walsh and American Joe Kovacs will lead the pursuit of Randy Barnes' 27-year-old world record (23.12m) in the next couple of years, was more than 2m better than he opened up with last year.
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