Today was the 2014 Queensland Track Classic event in Brisbane, Australia. This event brought up some crazy results. Not only increased the Australian discus thrower Benn Harradine the WL to 65,94m (216′ 4″) but also Matthew Denny came close to break the 60m (196′ 10″) mark for the first time.
Everyone was expecting Benn Harradine to win the 2014 Queensland Track Classic event, since there was no one near his personal best. Julian Wruck was not on the entry list and therefore Benn had kinda no competitors. Harradine was already leading the world with an effort of 65,24m (214′ 0″) thrown also in Brisbane, Australia on 8th of March ealier this month. He opened the comp with 63,51m (208′ 4″) and all the other valid throws were also above 61m (200′ 1″). Benn achieved his best attempt during the last round after seeing the young star Matthey Denny throwing a huge personal best of 59,04m (193′ 8″). The last round throw of Benn was measured 65,94m (216′ 4″) which meant a new WL. Benn was roughly 1,5m short of the meet record of 67,32m (220′ 10″) thrown by Daniela Costian back in 1994.
The A qualification standard of 59,50m (195′ 2″) was not a goal for Benn Harradine, since he knew he would get there. And he did already throw above this mark. But it was a goal to achieve for the U20 discus thrower Matthew Denny. He’s the one who won the gold medal at the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine last year. Still within the first year of the U20 age group Matthew was experiencing with the 2kg implement today. He fouled four out of six throws but who would care for that. He did throw 56,12m (184′ 1″) during the fourth round and improved his personal best also in the last round to 59,04m (193′ 8″). It is not above the A qualification standard of 59,50m (195′ 2″) but he hit way above the B standard of 55,25m (181′ 3″).
Throwholics talked to Matthew Denny right after the comp’ and found he is not 100% satisfied with the competition:
Florian: How’s the meet go? Did you expect to throw that far?
Denny:“They have me a goof foul that was probably nearly 61. But I’m must say that I’m still super stoked and am hoping to go beyond 60m soon!”
Florian: How were the conditions tonight?
Denny: “Yeah, pretty good, slight head wind which was nice, was on and off most of the time so good. It was a nice night but very hot though.”
Florian: Since you already throw 60m with the 2kg implement, what are your expectations for the IAAF Junior World Championships in Eugene, USA later this year? Are you going to break the U20 Record of 70,13m (230′ 1″) thrown by Mykyta Nesterenko back in May 2008?
Denny: “Oooo 70 ?;) someone does want me to break that record. Well… let’s have a crack at it.”
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The complete results:
Finals 1 Benn Harradine 82 QAS 65.94m CA 63.51m 61.52m 63.97m 63.99m FOUL 65.94m 2 Matthew Denny 96 QAS 59.04m CB FOUL FOUL FOUL 56.12m FOUL 59.04m 3 Matt Stopel 90 QLD 54.34m 54.09m FOUL 54.34m 53.46m 50.51m 53.04m 4 Shane Loveridge NSW 53.76m 52.76m 53.76m 49.05m 50.99m 53.63m 53.38m 5 Guy Henly 87 NSWIS 51.28m 44.09m 46.64m FOUL 51.28m FOUL 48.47m 6 Kyle McCarthy 82 QLD 41.67m 41.51m 41.67m 41.16m 41.54m 41.08m FOUL