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Matthew Denny

Growing up just outside of Toowoomba, in the town of Allora, Matthew Denny started out his throwing career at school in year 1, throwing bean bags as shot puts and vortexes as javelins.

 

In his teen years, Matty built a homemade discus circle at his family’s property. Fast forward to 2013, he won the World Under 18 Youth Championships discus title, placed fourth at the 2014 Under 20 World Junior Championships and won silver at the 2015 Summer Universiade.

 

In 2015, Matty became the second athlete in the near 100-year-history to win both the discus and hammer titles at the 2016 Nationals. He has represented Australia in the discus at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics where he was the youngest in the field at the age of 20. 

In 2022, Matty competed at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where he was able to win first place and bring home a gold medal in the Men's Discus Throw. 

 

His previous personal best in the discus is 67.02 metres set at the Tokyo Olympics, but recently broke his own Australian Record, throwing an enormous 69.35 metres at the Australian Athletics Championships in Adelaide resulting in Automatic selection for the 2024 Paris Olympics, and putting him firmly in the calculations for a podium finish.

Matthew Denny

Growing up just outside of Toowoomba, in the town of Allora, Matthew Denny began his throwing career at a young age, experimenting with bean bags as shot puts and vortexes as javelins during his time in year 1 at school.

In his teenage years, Matty's passion for throwing led him to construct a homemade discus circle at his family’s property. By 2013, his dedication bore fruit as he clinched the World Under 18 Youth Championships discus title. The following year, he achieved a commendable fourth-place finish at the 2014 Under 20 World Junior Championships and secured silver at the 2015 Summer Universiade.

In 2015, Matty made history by becoming only the second athlete in nearly a century to triumph in both the discus and hammer events at the 2016 Nationals. He represented Australia in the discus at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, where, at just 20 years old, he was the youngest competitor in the field.

His personal best in the discus stands at 67.02 meters, a mark he set at the Tokyo Olympics.

In 2022, Matty showcased his prowess once again at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, clinching the gold medal in the Men's Discus Throw event, further solidifying his status as a top-tier athlete in his field.

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