1st male field medal in 88 years

The Herald reports:

Shot putter Tom Walsh has become a sporting pioneer at the Rio Games.

The 24-year-old builder from Timaru – a town which sources claim might soon be changing it’s name briefly to Tomaru – is the first New Zealand man to earn a medal in an Olympic field event in attempts spanning 88 years.

Walsh threw 21.36m with his penultimate effort to secure bronze.

American Ryan Crouser won with an Olympic record 22.52m, ahead of compatriot Joe Kovacs who delivered 21.78m.

Despite the wealth of medals earned by Kiwi men on the track, no chap since Stan Lay first threw a javelin at Amsterdam in 1928 has made it to the podium.

Great result. Amazing it has been so long. We are now 2nd for medals per capita and 3rd for weighted medals per capita.

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