ATHLETICS: It seems like only yesterday that the Olympics finished but Allora athlete Matthew Denny has had his break and is back to work.
Denny went into the Olympics ranked 30th in the world and finished 19th with a performance which put him third in the Commonwealth on the day he threw discus at Rio de Janeiro. Last week was a light training week under coach Grahame Pitt but this week is fair dinkum.
Denny has no idea when he will have his first post-Olympics competition.
First he wants to find out the qualifying distance in discus for the IAAF World Championships in London, starting on August 4 next year.
"Once we find out the qualifying distance, we will work out a program for training and events with a view to throwing an early qualifier and then concentrating on training for the event,” he said.
Denny said he wasn't happy with his Olympic best of 61.16m but was already working on fixing what went wrong.
After his first two throws were more than 60m, Denny said coach Pitt told him to go for it (a throw to secure a final spot) and hope for the best.
Denny has no doubt his third throw would have been his best but the discus hit the side of the cage after he released it a touch early.
Between throws, Denny could walk across the running track to the stand and talk to his coach. Denny saw all gold medal wins by Usain Bolt at Rio and even witnessed a five-minute late call for the fastest man to come to the marshalling area.
"It is unbelievable how Usain can control a crowd,” he said.
He also said it was amazing to watch the men's discus final in which the lead changed five times.