Gold Coast-based Olympic veteran Dani Samuels will make her third Games appearance after she claimed her 17th National Title, sealing Rio selection in the process. Made a great start to her Rio build up placing second in the Shanghai Diamond League in May.
After winning the discus gold and shot put bronze medals at the 2005 World Youth Championships, Dani Samuels went on to win the discus bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne at the age of 17.
Samuels made her Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games, as the youngest member of the Australian athletics team where she placed 9th (60.15m).
In August 2009, Samuels became the youngest world champion discus thrower of all time when she took out the title in Berlin with a throw of 65.44m. She placed 10th in 2013 and 6th in 2015. The Australian U20 & U18 discus record holder, has a pb of 67.99m, less than one metre behind the open record of 68.72m set 22 years ago.
She is one of only nine athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. She competed in her second Olympic Games in London, placing 12th (60.40m).
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Discus Throw Women
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sydney, NSW, Australia
- 2008 Beijing - 9th (discus) 2012 London - 12th (discus)
- 2nd (discus) - 2016 Shanghai Diamond League (Shanghai, China)
- 1st (discus) – 2016 Australian Athletics Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- 1st (discus) – 2016 Auckland Track Challenge (Auckland, New Zealand)
- 6th (discus) – 2015 IAAF World Championships (Beijing, China)
- 2nd (discus) – 2015 British Athletics Grand Prix (Birmingham, England)
- Winning gold at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin
- Winning gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
- Throwing my personal best and breaking 67m
- Merrylands Public School (NSW, Australia)
- Westfield Sports High School (NSW, Australia)
- Bachelor of Arts - University of Western Sydney (2007 - )
Denis Knowles (1997 - current)
Westfields Athletics Club
Primary Training Base
Gold Coast, Australia
Secondary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Sushi, mangoes, avocado
- Favourite holiday destination
- Italy and Iceland are on the bucket list.
- Favourite music
- Anything that makes me want to dance
- Dream car
- Range Rover Sport
- Personal Motto
- Be bulletproof
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- I have a tattoo on my stomach -He Lives in Me- representing my dad and I have my ears pierced a couple of times in each ear.
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Weighlifting, basketball and European handball
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Steve Hooker in Beijing 2008
- First Olympic Memory?
- Michael Johnson in Atlanta 1996 (I was 8)
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My coach Denis, he is a legend. He pushes me and demands a high level execution and 100% effort. He is always so positive and as long as I've given it my best, he is happy. Denis has taken on a fatherly role aswell and some would say have rose coloured glasses on when it comes to be. We are completely different backgrounds and generations but we are good friends as well as coach and athlete.
- Why this sport?
- It challenging, exhilerating and its just an awesome feeling being able to throw something such a long way.