BEST SHOT: Matthew Denny during a hammer throw competition at O’Quinn St Oval, Toowoomba, prior to the IAAF Junior World titles.
BEST SHOT: Matthew Denny during a hammer throw competition at O’Quinn St Oval, Toowoomba, prior to the IAAF Junior World titles. Kevin Farmer

Denny focuses on the future

MATTHEW Denny has his sights set firmly on the future, after returning from what he described as a "disappointing" performance at the IAAF Junior World Championships.

Denny finished 23rd in the hammer throw before narrowly missing out on a medal, when he finished fourth in the discus.

"Yeah it was a bit disappointing to finish where I did," Denny said.

"I went there with some clear goals and in good shape.

"I wanted to win the discus and medal (top three) in the hammer.

"The conditions were good but I think at some points nerves got the better of me."

Denny had the opportunity to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games after also qualifying for Glasgow but said he did not regret his decision to go Oregon instead.

"After looking at what they threw at the Commonwealth Games I think I would have been up there," he said.

"But hindsight is a wonderful thing and I definitely don't regret going to the Junior Worlds instead.

"The Junior worlds were a great experience and I wouldn't change a thing."

Denny said he wanted to take in the experience of what will be his last major junior tournament.

"My thinking was that this would be my last major junior championship," Denny said.

"I think I grew during the Junior World Championships mentally and I think I'm stronger for it.

"I found a lot of things during the tournament.

"The way things are going, hopefully I've got quite a few major senior championships in front of me down the track."

Indeed, one of the major tournaments he has his sights set on is the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"Rio is definitely my biggest goal," he said.

"I've got a few Queensland Championships late this year and early next year and then I am hoping to qualify for the Open World Championships next year in Beijing.

"I'll just train up now until the Queensland State Championships in February; there's nothing super big now junior wise."



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