Denny takes a shot at nationals
ATHLETICS: After setting three records at junior level last weekend, Allora athlete Matt Denny will use this weekend's track classic in Melbourne as his final preparation for the nationals in late March in Brisbane.
Denny is showing so much improvement in his throwing, he is now a realistic chance to push for selection in the Australian team for this year's world open championships.
He has competed at world youth and junior championships and last weekend in Sydney was his last nationals at junior level.
The Allora athlete threw 75.8m in hammer throw to break the junior national record of Aaron Fish which stood at 75.62m.
Denny's hammer record was also a junior national championship record.
His third record was a championship record of 63.23m in discus which added 1.6m to the previous record he already held.
He threw 65.74m with one throw in discus but was fouled and after looking at video, believed he was unlucky with the call.
While the shot put is his third event in juniors and not in his sights at open level, Denny showed his ability with a throw of 19.69m to win gold in Sydney, 1.17m more than his previous personal best.
"Shot was just for fun but I was happy to pop one out at 18.94 metres and two over 19 metres," he said.
He won gold medals in his three under-20 events at the nationals. He is definitely retiring from shot for now.
"Shot hurts my hand a lot and puts pressure on my fingers," Denny said.
"I don't enjoy it as much as discus and hammer, I like to see something go 65 to 70 metres.
"It was a really good championships for me with three gold medals."
His distances at the meet in Sydney were with the junior weights so it will be back to the heavier weights this weekend in Melbourne.
He has the chance to throw a world open championship qualifier in Brisbane at the nationals in late March but the reality is in athletics, throws anywhere from Zurich to Hobart to Munich in the lead-up to the world championships could qualify an athlete for the biggest event between Olympics.
Denny is also eyeing off the possibility of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast in 2018.
While athletics is his sport of choice now, he did win a player of the final award in a Wattles premiership in junior rugby league.