Walsh, Crouser lose out to Romani

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Shot-putters Tom Walsh and fierce rival American Ryan Crouser were upstaged at the AAF Diamond League Prefontaine Classic, in Stanford, California, last weekend.

Brazilian Darlan Romani started with a 21.64m throw and improved each round, taking the lead in round three with a throw of 22.46m.

His best effort came in round five with a throw of 22.61m, a national record for him as well as a Diamond League record.

Olympic champion Crouser opened with 22.17m and led until round three.

Crouser was unable to improve on his first throw and had to settle for second.

World champion Walsh was consistent over his six attempts but was unable to crack 22m. His second-last throw of 21.79m put him in third place.

“Frustrating day out there but this is why we do the sport because it tests you,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Meanwhile, Lauren Bruce placed fifth in the senior women’s discus with a throw of 51.55m and fourth in the hammer with throw of 63.12m at the Oceania Athletics Championships, held in Townsville, Australia last week.

Her top hammer throw was a personal best.

Commonwealth Games champion Julia Ratcliffe, of Waikato, threw 71.39m in the hammer, meeting the entry standard for the 2019 Doha IAAF World Championships.

The throw was also a personal best and set Oceania area, Oceania championship and New Zealand records. Auckland’s Nicole Bradley was third with a throw of 64.69m.

Christina Ryan placed second in the senior women’s heptathlon.