New Zealand shot-put world champion Tom Walsh has racked up another title, taking out the IAAF World Challenge event in Zagreb on Tuesday morning (NZ time).
The 25-year-old from Timaru had a best throw of 21.50m in the penultimate event of the season, beating out Australian Damien Birkinhead by 15cm.
It was the third time in four attempts Walsh has won the event in Croatia.
But despite the win, Walsh was disappointed with his performance in the event, saying he expected better by his own standards.
“I’m slightly disappointed about the distance tonight,” Walsh told Newshub.
“I felt like I was in better shape than that but that is the way it is.
“It could have been worse. I threw really well during the week leading up to it and I felt like I let myself down tonight.”
2016 Rio Olympic champion Ryan Crouser did not compete in the event. The American holds the record for the biggest ever throw at the event with 22.28m.
Walsh’s last event of the season is the final round of the Diamond League in Brussels this weekend and the Kiwi is aiming big.
“Brussels is the big one that everybody wants to win so I have a few days to fix that.
“I have tomorrow off for travel, and then the next day I’ll train and then it is all on for the competition.
“I have to take care of business and if I do, ill be a happy man for the rest of the year.”