Fromstuff.co.nz - Tom Walsh takes the responsibility of being a world champion seriously. So much so that when the big Kiwi went out and competed for the first time as official shot put champion of the world, in the Birmingham Diamond League early Monday (NZT), he felt a large weight on his shoulders. But neither that, nor the groin injury he is shaking off to finish his northern hemisphere season, could stop him winning his first Diamond League competition of the year, and making it two in a row over his arch-rival, Olympic champion and best thrower in the world, Ryan Crouser. Walsh came right when it mattered in Birmingham to haul in Crouser's first-round throw of 21.55 metres with his penultimate toss (21.75m) and then, as he did at the world champs in London, he put the icing on the cake with a competition-best 21.83m in the final round. He collected US$10,000 (nearly NZ$14,000) for the victory. That's what I wanted -- to compete well and to compete like a world champion," Walsh told stuff.co.nz from Birmingham. "I wanted to prove I deserved to be world champion and I'm pleased that I did that. The first four throws weren't that good, but the last two were a lot better and to back up that world title and compete well is a big thing for me.





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