Aussie Olympian feared the worst after training mishap saw 160kg weight fall on his chest

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Aussie Olympian feared he’d never walk again after horror training mishap saw 160kg weight fall on his chest and choke him: ‘Scariest thing that ever happened to me’

  • Matt Denny narrowly missed out on a discus medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • He is preparing for the world championships in Oregon this year
  • In the lead up to the national titles, he dropped a 60kg weight onto his chest
  • Denny said it was the first time he had ever experienced a panic attack 

Tokyo Olympian Matt Denny is no stranger to close calls, but he is hoping a recent weight room incident that could have claimed his life will be a one-off event.

While the Queensland discus champion was preparing for the national titles held on Friday – where he claimed a commanding victory to book his spot at the world championships in Oregon – he dropped a 160kg weight on his chest.

Aussie Olympian Matt Denny feared he'd never walk again after horror training mishap saw 160kg weight fall on his chest and choke him

Aussie Olympian Matt Denny feared he’d never walk again after horror training mishap saw 160kg weight fall on his chest and choke him

‘I was doing a 160kg eccentric bench press and something happened and it fell directly on my chest and choked me,’ the 25-year-old Queenslander told AAP on Friday.

‘It’s probably the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me and the first time I’ve ever had a panic attack afterwards.

‘I’m very fortunate I didn’t get any serious injuries and I didn’t get paralysed and that I didn’t get any crush injuries in my chest or break any ribs or get a punctured lung.

‘It’s 160 kilos and it just free-fell on me, so I was really lucky.

‘I reckon I’ve now got eight out of nine lives left.’ 

Denny is also hoping to put his heart-breaking results at the Tokyo Olympics behind him. 

Despite smashing his personal best, Denny missed out on a medal by just 5cm.

In the final round he threw a lifetime best 67.02m to move up to fourth place after his first five attempts were all between 65.00m and 66.06m. His previous best was 66.15m.

Denny competes in the men's hammer final on day four of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium

Denny competes in the men’s hammer final on day four of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium

Denny admitted that his winning throw of 62.79m at the national titles was not particularly impressive, despite conditions that were not conducive to big throws.

But he is confident that he will be ready to peak for the world championships on July 15-24.

‘We’re heading overseas for four months in May and the focus is to continue our loading,’ Denny said.

‘We’re not aiming to peak for the Diamond League, we’re trying to peak for the major championships because that’s what matters.

‘I’d rather win a world championship or a Commonwealth Games than win a Diamond League at this point of time in my life.

‘We can hold a peak for two weeks – and it turns out that it’s two weeks from the world championships final to the qualifying in Birmingham.

‘I’m not here to miss a medal by five centimetres again.’

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