John Salvado / AAP News
Matty Denny has produced the ultimate discus masterclass to claim Commonwealth Games gold, smashing his personal best twice in the space of a few minutes in the process.
Any of Denny’s six throws in the final would have been good enough to claim top spot on the podium as he pocketed his first senior international medal, after finishing fourth at the Tokyo Olympics and sixth at the previous two world championships.
“I thought I had a 68 (metre throw) there but coulda, shoulda, woulda,” said Denny, who added 17cm to his PB with 67.24m in the penultimate round and then produced the perfect exclamation mark to the best competition of his life with a 67.26m bomb.
“I threw it pretty high on that last one but I am over the moon.
“I’m glad I replicated on that last one even though you could have easily gone and packed it in for the night.
“I wanted to make that statement again and finish off that series.”
England’s Lawrence Okoye (64.99m) was second and Traves Smikle from Jamaica (64.58m) was third.
Denny became the sixth Australian man to win the Commonwealth discus title and the first since Benn Harradine in Delhi in 2010.
His winning throw on Thursday night would have been good enough for the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
“That’s my best competition ever, consistency and just delivering – I am stoked,” said Denny who set off on a victory lap that – unlike his massive throws – was never going to break any records.
“I have never run a 300 so fast, even though I got a bit gassed on the last bend.
“I’ll have to learn to kick at the end for next time.”
Denny’s fiance Mia and his sister were in Alexander Stadium to watch the competition unfold, but his parents had to watch on TV from back home in Australia as his father has been unwell.
“They will be disappointed because it was such a good competition and to get the win,” he said.
“But this is just the start.
“There’s more to come.”
Peerless wheelchair racer Madison de Rozario led an Australian 1-2 in the women’s T53/54 1500m.
De Rozario controlled the race from the front to win in 3:53.03 ahead of fast-finishing countrywoman Angie Ballard (3:53.30) and Scotland’s Samantha Kingshorn.
The 29-year-old de Rozario has now done the 1500m-marathon double at the 2018 and 2022 Commonwealth Games and the 800m-marathon double at last year’s Tokyo Paralympics.
Gold Coast Commonwealth silver medallist Henry Frayne was sixth in a extremely tight men’s long jump final.
Frayne’s best jump of 7.94m came in the penultimate round.
Laquan Nairn from Bahamas (8.08m) edged India’s Murali Sreeshankar for gold on countback, with only 3cm separating the top four finishers.
Australian Chris Mitrevski was ninth with 7.70m.
Rasheed Broadbell won the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.08 after fellow Jamaican and reigning Olympic champion Hansle Pargment withdrew due to injury.
Australian Nick Hough was seventh after clattering into the last two barriers.
Cedric Dubler was in second place at the halfway stage of the decathlon behind only Grenada’s Linden Victor.
Fellow Australians Alex Diamond and Daniel Golubovic were fourth and fifth respectively.
Diamond was a late replacement for Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist Ash Moloney, who did not make it to Birmingham after aggravating a knee injury at the recent world championships.