Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Tom Walsh, Jacko Gill storm shot put field to claim gold, silver

He is grateful to still be performing at such a high level, and admits the many years competing has given him greater perspective.

“To win here I think you realize how hard it is, how much goes into it all coming together. I have gratitude that I am here, physically and mentally in really good nick. I appreciate that a lot more as I get older and wiser ,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gil needed just one throw to move into the silver medal, a position he never let up, and pushed Walsh for gold with his final throw.

He was delighted with his second-place finish and has labeled it as one of his greatest achievements, following a tough last few years.

“It’s probably one of the best moments of my career. To come back from the heart issues has been huge, a really big battle. I lost 25-30kg after my heart issues and I missed the last Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, so to come back here and set a PB means a lot,” he said.

“It’s been a long process and to come back after such a long break was really hard. My parents have been a huge support and getting help from Dale [Stevenson] has been awesome

“I thought my last throw was really good, and I thought I had a 20 percent chance, so I was a little bit disappointed.

“But to win silver gives me great confidence. I have been in great form, so to finally put one out there it is really nice.”

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