Whiting sets second record in two days

27/02/2015 by Steve Knowles

Ryan Whiting set his second NZ allcomers record in successive days as the world-class American dominated the men’s shot put from home favourite Tom Walsh at the Auckland Track Challenge in Waitakere.

Just 24 hours after heaving the shot out to 21.03m in The Big Shot competition in Christchurch yesterday, Whiting, a two-time World Indoor champion, hurled the metal ball out to 21.27m with his first throw of the competition and was never surpassed.

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Walsh, the World Indoor bronze medallist and good friend of Whiting, performed better than he has the Garden City – when he threw a best of 19.99m – and tonight he achieved a best in round one with 20.24m but fell some way short of the American.

As a measure of Whiting’s superiority, he also powered the shot out to 21.16m and 21.15m in rounds two and six in a total demonstration of shot put excellence. 

 “I was a little bit happier (than last night in Christchurch), I’m still doing the same things wrong but not as wrong as last night,” admits Walsh, who achieved 20.07m in round two but failed to breach the 20m line for the remainder of the competition. “I did improve which was the main thing and I’m sure in a week and a half (at NZ Nationals) I’ll be throwing a lot further.”

Walsh believes he is over rotating at front and needs to power through the shot put more but has relished having the 28-year-old world outdoor silver medallist over to New Zealand to compete against him.

“It is pretty awesome to have someone of his calibre working with us,” says Tom, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Sunday. “Even if he’s broken a few records of mine in the gym, it has been great to have him over here.”

Whiting was pleased with the consistency in his throwing and added: “It was good. If we had had this weather last night I would have gone a little further. I was just a little tired from yesterday.

“It has been great (experience coming to New Zealand) everyone has been extremely welcoming and extremely hospitable.”

Australian Damien Birkinhead placed third with a best of 18.95m.



100m: Kodi Harman 10.71 1, Michael Goldie 11.06 2, Aaron Booth 11.43 3.

400m: Cameron French 46.23 1, Tama Toki 46.80 2, Daniel Dyet 47.16 3.

800m: Andrew Wheating (USA) 1:48.40 1, Ryan Gregson (Aust) 1:49.21 2, Brad Mathas 1:49.40 3.

5000m: Nick Willis 13:22.11 (NZ Resident record) 1, Zane Robertson 13:25.41 2, Brett Robinson (Aust) 13:31.66 3.

Shot put: Ryan Whiting (USA) 21.27 (NZ Allcomers record) 1, Tom Walsh 20.24 2, Damien Birkinhead (Aust) 18.95 3.

Discus throw: Marshall Hall 56.07m 1, Alex Parkinson 45.44m 2.

Javelin throw: Stuart Farquhar 80.11 1, Hamish Peacock (Aust) 78.47 2, Ben Langton-Burnell 69.96 3.

Pole vault: Nick Southgate 5.10 1, Pascal Kethers 4.65 2, Thomas North 4.50 3.


100m: Portia Bing 12.09 1, Mariah Ririnui 12.33 2, Brooke Somerfield 12.39 3.

400m: Louise Jones 54.30 1, Amy Robinson 55.92 2, Jennie Hauke 56.06 3.

1500m: Melissa Duncan (Aust) 4:10.13 1, Nikki Hamblin 4:10.16 2, Zoe Buckman (Aust) 4:11.01 3.

Discus throw: Siositina Hakeai 57.99 1, Jade Lally (England) 57.14 2, Te Rina Keenan 55.21 3.
Pole vault: Alana Boyd (Aust) 4.35 1, Eliza McCartney 4.20 2, Imogen Ayris 3.40 3.

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