Kurtis Marschall and Matthew Denny in the Olympic Stadium in the run-up to their competitions in Rio.
Kurtis Marschall and Matthew Denny in the Olympic Stadium in the run-up to their competitions in Rio. Contributed

Well done to our Olympic thrower in debut games

EDITORIAL WITH GERARD WALSH

"That's pretty good," was the response from a pharmacy assistant in Brisbane when I told her Allora athlete Matthew Denny was 19th in the discus at the Olympic Games.

I probably guaranteed the Olympics would be a discussion point after I asked for some tablets for an Olympic headache on the way to a family reunion.

I said I was watching the discus in the early hours of the morning and was then asked who was I following.

Matthew Denny from Allora was the answer, and I was asked how he went.

When I said 19th, the young girl at the pharmacy said, "that's pretty good".

As he was the youngest in the field, an athlete with the 30th best throw going into the meet, 19th was pretty good and everyone on the Southern Downs should be proud of our man in Rio.

He needed a couple of extra metres with his final throw and, as they say, "left nothing in the stadium".

His final release was a touch early and he hit the side of the cage with a throw that could have put him in the final. But that's sport. The television commentary certainly called him the 20-year-old from Allora.

Most of the top throwers are from Europe so a finals spot for Matthew in discus is a definite possibility at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.



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