Matthew Denny of Queensland is seen during the Men's Hammer Throw Final at the Australian Athletics Championships competition at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, Friday, February 16, 2018. Denny went on to win the Gold Medal. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Matthew Denny of Queensland is seen during the Men's Hammer Throw Final at the Australian Athletics Championships competition at Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, Friday, February 16, 2018. Denny went on to win the Gold Medal. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Denny hammers home his Games ambition

DESPITE having mixed emotions over the hammer throw competition which clinched his selection, Queenslander Matthew Denny says he considers himself a gold medal chance in the April Commonwealth Games.

Denny's Games A-qualifying throw of 72.78 in the second round of the hammer throw was enough for the gold medal in the national titles at Carrara Stadium and clinched nomination in one of two events he hopes to compete in at the Gold Coast Games.

The 21-year-old from Allora passed on the last three rounds of the hammer throw to conserve his strength for the discus final, but is ranked seventh in the world this year in the hammer throw and No.1 in the Commonwealth by almost 5m.

 

England's Nick Miller has been selected for his nation's Gold Coast Games team and was the leading Commonwealth thrower last year with 77.51, good for 13th in the world.

"It's hard to say what the others can do, but I know I'm in good enough form to do really well and potentially win,'' Denny said.

"It's a massive relief that I am in the team, but also there are frustrations that it wasn't a great comp for me. I got a bit nervous and lost my feet a little.''

"It was good and bad but to put that one throw well enough together was a good sign for me.''


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