BIG THROW: Matthew Denny will compete in the discus at the world championships.
BIG THROW: Matthew Denny will compete in the discus at the world championships. Matt King

World thrower to battle the world in Qatar

ATHLETICS: Allora thrower Matthew Denny has just arrived in Milan, Italy, for a two-week training camp before the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Last year, Denny won silver in hammer and was fourth in discus at the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.

In a sport where few throwers compete in more than one discipline, Denny made the decision to concentrate on the discus for this year's world championships and next year's Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

The move to discus has paid off, with Denny throwing more than 65m to win gold at the World University Games in Naples this year.

His father, John Denny, said the champion thrower from Allora was in Milan at a specialist training facility with the Australian team for two weeks.

After starting his career with coaching in Toowoomba, Denny is now trained in Brisbane by Ben Thomson, son of legendary Australian fast bowler Jeff Thomson.

Denny will be supported by the Australian team coaches in Milan.

After the team has arrived in Doha, Denny will prepare for the world championships discus on September 28 and the final on September 30.

While he has competed in world championships for different age groups, this year's championships will be the first for Denny at open level.

At age 23, Denny has a best of 65.37m in America in 2016 which bettered the 65m qualifying distance for the Rio Olympics. While the qualification for this year's worlds was thrown at the World University Games, he will have to throw an extra metre, 66m, to make the Tokyo Olympics.

John said his son believed that with the hammer before the discus at major events, going in hammer was sapping his energy for the discus.