In April 2016, teenager Matt Denny won the national discus title with a throw of 60.47m. During the summer his personal best had reached 63.02m, still below the Olympic qualifying standard of 65.00m.
In April he travelled to California in pursuit of the qualifier and in three consecutive competitions threw 64 metres, highlighted by a best of 64.73m, but remaining agonisingly 27 centimetres short of a Rio berth. He returned to his home in Queensland for more training. Determined to qualify, he travelled back to California one month later and in his first competition, nailed the standard with a personal best of 65.37m, moving him to fifth on the Australian all-time list.
Denny is one of the finest junior throwers in Australian history. He dominates the record books and national title listings. While still a teenager, last summer he won the open discus and hammer throw national titles, becoming only the second athlete to achieve this feat and the first for 63 years.
He was also impressive internationally, winning the IAAF world youth title in 2013 followed by fourth in 2014 IAAF world juniors and then a silver medal at the Universiade in 2015. Rio will be his Olympic debut.
Denny lives and trains on a home-made discus circle on his family’s rural Queensland property in the village of Allora, population less than 1000. Located north of Warwick, Denny makes the regular 350km round trip to Brisbane and the Gold Coast for competition. One of eight siblings, Denny is studying a Bachelor of Sports Management at Griffith University.
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Discus Throw Men
Toowoomba, QLD, Australia
Allora, QLD, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.
- 1st (discus) – 2016 Classic (Salinas, USA)
- 1st (discus) – 2016 Australian Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- 1st (hammer) – 2016 Australian Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- 1st (discus) – 2016 Perth Track Classic (Perth, Australia)
- 2nd (discus) – 2015 Universiade (Gwangju, Korea)
- Winning men's discus (& bronze in hammer) at the World Youth Championships, 2013
- Winning silver in the discus at the World University Games, 2015
- Throwing 66.81m to rank sixth best discus thrower in world history
- St Patricks, Allora, Queensland Australia
- Toowoomba Grammar School, Queensland, Australia
- 2015 Griffith University, Brisbane. Bachelor of Sports Management
Grahame Pitt (2009 - current)
QE2, Brisbane. Queensland. Australia
Queensland Academy of Sport
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
- Breaking Mirror
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- New Zealand
- Favourite music
- Dream car
- Nissan R34 GTR
- Personal Motto
- Throw Smarter Not Harder
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- 2012 London Olympics, Mens Discus, Robert Harting, winning Throw
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My Coach/Parents
- Why this sport?
- Individuality/ technically challenging