by Greta Yeoman
Timaru shotputter Tom Walsh has claimed gold at the Commonwealth Games and Waimate cyclist Dylan Kennett will bring home a bronze medal.
World champion shot putter Walsh claimed back the Games shot put record with his first and only throw of 22.45m during the qualifying on Sunday, on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Walsh set the record with his first throw at the 2014 Glasgow games, but Jamaican gold medallist O’Dayne Richards took it off him in the final with a throw of 21.61m.
The world record of 23.12m was set by American Randy Barnes in 1990.
Walsh went on to win the gold medal in the men’s shot put on Monday night with a throw of 21.41m.
Nigeria’s Chukwuebuka Enekwechi claimed silver with a throw of 21.14m and Canadian Tim Nedow received a bronze medal for his 20.91m throw.
Waimate cyclist Dylan Kennett won bronze in the 4000m men’s individual pursuit on Friday.
He was beaten by England’s Charlie Tanfield, who claimed gold, and Scottish cyclist John Archibald, who took the silver medal.
Timaru trap shooter Natalie Rooney is to compete tomorrow, in her third Games.
She came fifth at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and fourth at in Glasgow in 2014.
Timaru resident Kathryn Fraser was on the other side of the competition, as one of the judges in both the men’s and women’s 20km road race walks on Sunday.
Former Timaru swimming coach Rolly Crichton, who is now a coach on the New Zealand swim team, has watched his charge, Christchurch-based para-swimmer Sophie Pascoe, win two gold medals so far.
Pascoe, who was the New Zealand flag bearer at the opening ceremony, won gold in the women’s para 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley.
The Games finish on Sunday.