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It’s not very insightful to note the Walsh-Gill showdown (throwdown?) but it’s got to be the biggest story of the national champs this year. I know nothing about shot-put but I’m excited enough to get along and watch. I really like the way Walsh has competed so regularly this year and, not once but three times, laid down the challenge – and said he’s not going to be the understudy, but the star.

Huge pressure on Gill now to respond. I really hope this develops into an enduring back-and-forth rivalry that we get to watch for several years (North Island vs South Island, heir apparent vs usurper, teen sensation vs hard-working builder… So many great story lines).