Aussie gold medallist's epic moment after interview ambush at Comm Games

·Sports Reporter
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Matt Denny is embraced by England's Lawrence Okoye during his post-event interview at the Commonwealth Games.
Matt Denny's interview after winning discus gold at the Commonwealth Games was crashed by silver medallist Lawrence Okoye in a hilarious moment of sportsmanship. Picture: Channel 7

Australian discus gold medallist Matt Denny got a lot more than he bargained for after a stunning triumph at the Commonwealth Games.

Denny was a cut above the field, with his best effort of 67.26m both a personal best and more than two metres ahead of his nearest rival, England's Lawrence Okoye.

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That final throw would have been good enough for a bronze medal at last year's Tokyo Olympics, and Denny was elated after winning.

The 26-year-old was over the moon after his victory, amusingly getting himself completely out of breath before an interview with Channel 7 by sprinting nearly the who distance of the 400m track in celebration.

Denny joked that he was completely gassed by the 300m mark, but the fun on the live interview was far from over.

Okoye, thrilled with his own silver medal but in awe of Denny's gold medal winning effort, couldn't help but crash the interview to pump up his rival.

“F*** this guy, Matt Denny. Matt Denny," Okoye screamed into the camera.

A chuckling and smiling Denny replied: “You think I’m big, look at this dude. That's a thick boy."

Denny put on a show not only with his performance, but his light-hearted interview with Channel 7, which did become a little more conventional once the initial excitement started to fade a little.

His gold was Australia's first in discuss at the Commonwealth Games since Benn Harradine in Delhi in 2010.

"That's my best competition ever, consistency and just delivering - I am stoked," Denny said as he caught his breath.

"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."

Matthew Denny, pictured here after winning the men's discus final at the Commonwealth Games.
Matthew Denny celebrates after winning the men's discus final at the Commonwealth Games. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Matt Denny's wild celebration after winning Commonwealth Games gold

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."

Okoye (64.99m) was second and Traves Smikle from Jamaica (64.58m) was third.

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.

Matt Denny concentrates during his discus throw at the Commonwealth Games.
Matt Denny threw a personal best to claim a convincing gold medal in the discus at the Commonwealth Games. (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

"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."

In other events, 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.

With AAP

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