Matthew Denny and Nicola Olyslagers have broken their own Australian records at the Diamond League final in Oregon, with Denny winning the men's discus title and $46,000. Multiple records tumbled on a remarkable day of track and field in Eugene, with Denny taking the crown in the discus after the disappointment of his fourth-place finish at the recent world championships.
The Queenslander produced a best throw of 68.43m in the final round, bettering his previous Australian record by 19cm (set last month in Budapest). In doing so he relegated 2022 world champion Kristjan Ceh from Slovenia and Sweden's reigning Olympic and world gold medallist Daniel Stahl to the minor placings.
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"I'm very happy with this today and it's a great way to end the year," said Denny. "I thought I was in good nick but it was good to connect and put it together on the last meet of the year when a lot of other people might be fried or over this season. I was pretty keen to make amends for Budapest, so I'm happy with that."
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Olyslagers also broke her own national record in the women's high jump but once again had to settle for second place behind Yaroslava Mahuchikh of Ukraine. Mahuchikh won gold at the world championships last month as Olyslagers got the bronze and compatriot Eleanor Patterson silver.
Olyslagers produced a last-attempt clearance at 2.03m - 1cm better than the Australian record she had previously shared with Patterson. Mahuchikh pipped Olyslagers on countback.
"I'm feeling really thankful of the year that's been and the personal best was always the plan this year," said Olyslagers. "To do it on my final competition was a blessing."
Armand Duplantis and Gudaf Tsegay break world records
A number of world records also fell on an extraordinary day in Eugene. Swedish pole vaulting star Armand Duplantis and Ethiopian distance running superstar Gudaf Tsegay set new global marks in their respective events.
Duplantis broke the world record for a seventh time with a successful clearance at 6.23m. "I don't remember the jump. I'm dead serious ... I just knew that it was going to be really close," he said. "I knew that when I was over the bar just to not panic because I knew I was going to have to squeeze over a little bit." Kurtis Marschall, who won bronze at the world championships, was fourth this time with a best clearance of 5.72m.
And Tsegay smashed the women's 5000m world record with a landmark run of 14 minutes 00.21 seconds, breaking the mark set by Faith Kipyegon of Kenya in June. Tsegay set a blistering pace from the start and broke away from the field with two laps to go, rousing the fans to their feet as she raced against the clock.
The world 10,000m champion took almost five seconds off the world record that Kipyegon set at the Paris Diamond League meeting. That was part of a record spree that also saw her break the 1500m and mile world records.
Aussie long-jumper Brooke Buschkuehl finished fourth with a best leap of 6.71m, with Serbian world champ Ivana Vuleta winning (7.14m). Catriona Bisset was sixth in the 800m, while Stewart McSweyn was eighth in the 3000m.
On the first day of competition on Saturday, Linden Hall also broke her own Australian record in the 1500m. Hall finished fifth in a time of three minutes 56.92 seconds, but bettered her previous national record of 3:57.27 set earlier this year.
Nina Kennedy had a rare off day, finishing fifth in the women's pole vault with just one successful clearance at 4.56m. Kennedy famously shared the gold medal with American Katie Moon at the world championships, after both athletes couldn't better 4.90m.
You know it's going to be a good week when you wake up to two NATIONAL RECORDS! ☀️
🥇 @Matty_Denny adds 19cm to his record, throwing the discus 68.43m to become Diamond League Champion
🥈 Nicola Olyslagers clears 2.03m in the High Jump placing 2nd.#ThisIsAthletics pic.twitter.com/g7ReaMZuuu
— Athletics Australia (@AthsAust) September 17, 2023
💎 Diamond League Champion 💎
A huge shock in the discus 🤯
Commonwealth champion Matthew Denny defeats world 2022 champion Kristjan Čeh with a stunning clutch throw of 68.43m in the final round 🔥
It's an Australian record 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/6uisNUE4C7
— AW (@AthleticsWeekly) September 17, 2023
— The Prefontaine Classic (@nikepreclassic) September 17, 2023
— FloTrack (@FloTrack) September 17, 2023
Matthew Denny 🇦🇺 lands a big PB & National Record (NR) of 68.43m to win the men's Discus Throw Diamond League trophy!
He defeated Kristjan Čeh 🇸🇮 who threw 67.64m while World Champion Daniel Ståhl 🇸🇪 came 3rd with 67.36m. pic.twitter.com/U2ifWfQQj9
— Track & Field Gazette (@TrackGazette) September 17, 2023
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