National throw champion Matthew Denny is going well in America.
National throw champion Matthew Denny is going well in America. Kevin Farmer

Matthew Denny throws well as he aims for that elusive Olympic qualifier

ATHLETICS: Allora athlete Matthew Denny has recorded the second best discus throw of his career and has one more competition in America to register an Olympic qualifier.

In fact, Denny has beaten the 65m qualifying distance but throws in the paddock at Allora don’t count to get him on the plane to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics in August.

Denny flew to America more than a fortnight ago and has four throws more than 64m. His best was 63m before he flew out.

He has a best of 64.77m in America and came up with the second best of his career, 64.13m, at the start of the weekend.

Two of his throws were more than 64m in the one competition.

He now has a competition to go in Irvine, California, where he is aiming to better the 65m.

Even if the 65m throw eluses Denny this weekend, time is on his side to qualify for Rio.

At present, he is concentrating on discus as it is his best chance of a qualifier but plans to continue his hammer throwing career and the odds are he could qualify for both discus and hammer for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.