THROW: Allora athlete Matthew Denny competing last year.
THROW: Allora athlete Matthew Denny competing last year. DIEGO AZUBEL

Allora thrower puts all emphasis on Commonwealth Games

ATHLETICS: A gruelling 12 months of work that culminated in an appearance at the Rio Olympics in 2016 has taken its toll on Allora thrower Matthew Denny.

The 21 year old has given up his chase to qualify for the IAAF World Championships next month, citing an intense few months of competing and a bid to freshen up for another major tournament.

Instead, Denny is setting his sights to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next April, bypassing next month's World Uni Games to recover and get back to his best.

"Unfortunately after a very disappointing season full of frustration, my coach, family and I have decided to pull the pin on the rest of the season to focus towards the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Onwards and upwards," a post on Denny's Facebook page read.

Denny's coach Grahame Pitt said the fatigue caused by chasing the world qualifier distance was beginning to take its toll.

After returning home early from competition in Europe, Denny targeted four events in July to launch an IAAF World Championships qualifying throw - events that ultimately proved too much of an ask as he now takes some time to recover from a hectic period of competing.

"The decision was that the Comm Games were far more important than the Uni Games in terms of it being a home tournament,” Pitt said.

"It was a decision to think long term rather than short term.”

The Commonwealth Games are on April 4-15 next year and Denny is a games ambassador