Denny fourth in Olympic discus final | Ralph Lauren

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Big Australian Matthew Denny has smashed his personal best, only to come up a agonising 5cm short of a medal in the men’s discus at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 25-year-old Queenslander produced a remarkably consistent series of throws in Saturday night’s final.

His first five efforts were all between 65.00m and 66.06m.

Denny was still able to save his best for last, throwing a PB of 67.02m in the final round to move up to fourth spot.

His previous biggest throw was 66.15m set last month in Queensland.

It was far and away the best ever performance by an Australian male discus thrower at Olympic level and improved on his sixth-placed effort at the 2019 world championships in Doha.

Swedish powerhouse Daniel Stahl justified his pre-event favouritsm to claim the Olympic gold medal with 68.90m.

The minor medals went to fellow Swede Simon Pettersson (67.39m) and Austrian Lukas Weisshaidinger (67.07m).

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