Birth Date:  01 Mar 1992
Place of Birth:  TIMARU
Country of birth:  NZL
Age:  26
Gender:   Men
Height (cm):  185
Weight (Kg):  125

Events and Medals

Sport Event Rank
ATH Athletics Men's Shot Put 1 Gold

Tomas WALSH - Records

Record Event Mark Date Location
GR Men's Shot Put Qualifying Round - Group A 22.45 8 April, 2018 Gold Coast (AUS)

Tomas WALSH - Schedule

Time Event Status
Sun, 8 Apr 16:35
Men's Shot Put Qualifying Round - Group A
Mon, 9 Apr 20:25
Gold Medal Event Men's Shot Put Final


GR: Commonwealth Games Record

Biographical Information

Commonwealth Games
2014 Glasgow, SCO Men's Shot Put 2 21.19

Olympic Games
2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Men's Shot Put 3 21.36

World Championships
2017 London, GBR Men's Shot Put 1 22.03
2015 Beijing, CHN Men's Shot Put 4 21.58

Nickname: Tom (Twitter profile, 12 Jul 2016)

Building, following NZ cricket and rugby teams (, 19 Jan 2014;, 18 Jan 2014)

Occupation: Athlete, construction worker (, 11 Oct 2015)

PERSONAL: Dale STEVENSON (AUS) (, 19 Mar 2016)

Sporting relatives

Father was a New Zealand shot put champion. (, 29 Feb 2016)

Other sports

Played rugby and cricket at youth level for New Zealand, and cricket in England for four months on a scholarship. (, 19 Jan 2014)

Reason: Parents both athletes and encouraged him to get involved in sports. Played rugby and cricket when he was younger and athletics was just something he did part-time. Decided to concentrate his efforts on athletics after finishing sixth at 2009 World Youth Championships in Brixen, Italy. "If I can get sixth in the world with no training, imagine what I can do with some." (, 19 Jan 2014)
Ambition: Become best shot putter in world. (, 18 Jan 2014;, 30 Apr 2016)
Memorable: First male athlete from New Zealand to win gold in a field event at world indoor athletics championships, in Portland, Oregon, USA (, 19 Mar 2016;, 20 Mar 2016)
Ritual: Likes to use meditation techniques and focuses on a sound, like his breathing, the wind or someone talking. (, 18 Jan 2014)
Additional information

Silver medal at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, throwing 21.19m. (, 29 Jul 2014)

"It is hard to describe the feeling of a perfect throw. I've probably only had two or three in my career. That is the thing that keeps me going - hunting for that feeling." (, Jun 2017)

"I'm not as strong as a lot of the other guys. I rely more on my timing, rhythm and getting into certain positions at the right time so I can accelerate the shot. (, Jun 2017)

First male from New Zealand to win a medal in field event at Olympic Games when he claimed bronze at Rio 2016. Gold at London 2017 World Championships the first medal by a New Zealand male athlete in the competition's history; achieved same feat with his victory at 2016 World Indoor Athletics Championships in Portland, USA. (Olympic News Service, 19 Aug 2016;, 7 Aug 2017)

Works part-time as a builder three days a week to help pay the bills and keep him grounded. "The boys (his 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." (, 19 Jan 2014;, 30 Apr 2016)

"Valerie ADAMS (New Zealand shot putter) started it and is part of the reason I am a good thrower." WALSH trained with her for six weeks in 2013 but missed qualifying for the 2013 world championships by one centimetre, but he learned a lot from her. "She was hugely supportive." ( video, 28 July 2016)

Grew up under the radar of his outstanding shot put teammate Jacko GILL (NZL). "I didn't want this young guy from Auckland taking my glory. Then I thought, 'Why am I worried about what he is doing, rather then what I am doing?' As soon as I figured that out, I stepped up." ( video, 28 July 2016)

"You don't need the best coach in the world but a coach you believe in and a program you believe in." ( video, 28 July 2016)

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Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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