CHAMPION: Matthew Denny competes in the men's discus final the Australian Athletics Championships competition.
CHAMPION: Matthew Denny competes in the men's discus final the Australian Athletics Championships competition. DAVE HUNT

Denny on track to create Games history

ALLORA thrower Matthew Denny will aim to become the first man since 1938 to win a medal in the hammer throw and discus at the same Commonwealth Games.

His dream is on track after he qualified for the men's final in discus at Carrara Stadium yesterday.

Denny, 21, was ranked second in his qualifying round last night, achieving a distance of 64.67m.

First in the round was Traves Smikle from Jamaica, who threw a distance of 64.69m.

Denny won a silver medal in Sunday's hammer throw and as national champion in it and the discus is not inclined to say he regards either event as his first-string chance internationally.

Five Gold Coast Games discus rivals have a better season-best distance than Denny's 64.03m, including Brisbane-based teammate Benn Harradine (64.67).

"I don't really prioritise one over the other,'' said Denny, a former world under-18 discus champion.

"Discus and hammer are quite different in technical issue. I manage the load of training for both and then competing.

"I'm just glad I turned it around, winning the medal after the world titles last year (in which Denny missed the discus final).”

Two other Australian athletes will compete alongside Denny in tonight's discus throw final, which starts at 7.45pm.

Ben Harradine has qualified for the event as has Mitchell Cooper.

Harradine boasts a personal best throw of 68.2m, while Cooper's best throw was 63.98m.

The discus and hammer throw are such clashing events in method that Denny is the first Australian in 68 years to represent his country in the two events at the same Commonwealth Games.

"I'm young in these events I have nothing but time and need to keep doing my best in every training session and every competition,'' he said.

"I wanted to show my team what I'm all about in trying to be a better athlete.''