August 19, 2022
New Zealand win shot put gold and silver at the Commonwealth Games- BPN TODAY

New Zealand win shot put gold and silver at the Commonwealth Games

New Zealand have dominated the men’s event, finishing first and second at the Commonwealth Games this morning.

Walsh, the defending champion, led the field from the first round, securing the gold medal with a huge throw of 22.26 metres in Birmingham.

Jacko Gill won the silver with a brilliant personal best throw of 21.90 metres for his first podium finish at a major world meet – he was ninth in the Tokyo Olympics.

Walsh was helped by the raucous crowd in putting in a consistent series of big throws.

“I am really happy with it – obviously I got hold of the last one which was really good,” Walsh said.

“I was knocking on the door with the other four or five throws which was good.

“Obviously Jacko had a big one on the end there.”

New Zealand added two more bronze medals in lawn bowls and wrestling.

At the lawn bowls the women’s triple of Val Smith, Nicole Toomey and Tayla Bruce won bronze.

Smith, Toomey and Bruce have doubled their medals after they also won bronze with the women’s four last week.

Tayla Ford won wrestling bronze in the women’s 68kg bout in Coventry. She overcame Amylee Sephora-Aza of Mauritius.

The Black Sticks women will not defend their Commonwealth hockey title after losing to England 2-0 in a tense penalty shoot-out.

 
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