Tomas Walsh kicked off the New Zealand effort in Sopot, Poland with a New Zealand Indoor Record in the shot put securing his place in the final of the Men’s shot put. Walsh’s third round throw of 20.41m eclipsed his first round effort of 20.18m, which was also a National Indoor Record. Walsh finished the qualifying round in sixth position with the top eight advancing. The shot put Final is scheduled for 8:05am NZL Time on Saturday morning.
In the Women’s 3000m Lucy van Dalen ran solidly but failed to advance through to the final after finishing last in her heat in a time of 9:10. Starting in the first heat which went out in 3:07 and 3:03 for the first two kilometres van Dalen didn’t have the kick to match the leaders as they raced away in the final laps to run well under nine minutes.
Nick Willis showed great patience in his 1500m heat and came home strong in the final 300m to comfortably secure his place in the Men’s final. With a very tough draw which would see only the top two from each of the three 1500m heats automatically advance to the final Willis stayed out of trouble early and did all he needed to take second place in a time of 3:39.14 in the middle heat. After a disappointing disqualification at his last appearance at a World Indoors Willis looks ready to take on the field in the final set to go at 8:00am NZL Time on Sunday.