4 golds, 2 silvers, but a lesson for Walsh

Some good results from the Commonwealth Games yesterday (but a warning about counting your medals before they are won):

World Champion Tom Walsh won gold in the men’s shot put to claim New Zealand’s second medal of the track and field competition – beating the next closest by 20cm.

New Zealand weightlifter David Liti won a gold medal with a Commonwealth Games record total of 403kg combined for his snatch and clean and jerk.

Paraswimmer Sophie Pascoe won her second gold at the Commonwealth Games in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:18:09.

Joelle King has won a gold medal in squash, beating England’s Sarah-Jane Perry in five games.

Paul Coll took the silver medal in the men’s final, losing out to England’s James Willstrop in three games, 11-9, 11-4, 11-6.

Para athlete Holly Robinson won silver in the women’s javelin with a personal best throw of 43.32m.

Good on them. The Silver Ferns also won – but still have to beat England to get through to the semi-finals.

But none of this is easy. Sophie Pascoe was talked up but only just won her race – competition is tough, something TV talking heads don’t give sufficient consideration to.

And hopefully Tom Walsh learned a valuable lesson after winning the shoot put by a fairly slim margin. He struggled for form, in large part due to the pressure he put on himself, aided by a media too keen to claim prizes before they are earned

Talking up a win as a foregone conclusion, and boasting about being able to knock off a world record, are not good preparation for Games final. Walsh admits he tried too hard and things didn’t work smoothly for him.

1 Comment

  1. Zedd

     /  April 10, 2018

    Im really enjoying seeing it not dominated by USA, Russia, China etc. gives the other countries a better chance to shine !

    btw; I was kinda happy to hear the Transexual weightlifter, went out; for all the talk ‘She’ was once a ‘He’ & did have obvious advantage. I heard that several other coaches were outraged, with the decision to let ‘her’ enter
    Would people agree if Usain Bolt (or similar) had a sex change & entered the ‘womens 100/200 meters’ ? (just saying)