Denny spins to surprise silver. Waterpolo girls power to semi-final win.


Rising discus star Matthew Denny has won a surprise silver medal at the World University Games in Gwangju, Korea.
 
The Griffith University business student was the youngest athlete in the final and launched a lifetime best of 62.58m in round four to clinch his first medal in senior international competition.
 
In a slippery circle and constant rain, the 19-year-old showed experience beyond his years to handle the conditions superbly.

A change of shoes after the warm up to a pair with more grip resulted in an opening round throw of 62.11m, near his lifetime best, to sit in second place after two rounds.

Later shuffled back to third, the 2013 world youth champion stepped into the greasy ring for his fourth attempt, and launched the platter into second place.
 
It settled at a new Australian under 20 record and landed the first ever medal for Australia in the event at a Summer Universiade.
 
Despite a strong challenge from Lithuanian Andrius Gudzius, Denny hung on to silver by just four centimetres.
 
Belgian Phillip Milanov took the gold with 64.15.

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Girls power to semi-final win over Russia
 
The Uniroos women’s water polo team will play Canada for the gold medal on Monday after overcoming a slow start to beat Russia 10-7 in the semi-final.
 
Trailing 1-4 early in the second quarter, two goals to Fiona Walsh (University of New South Wales) got the Australians back into the contest.
 
When Jess Zimmerman (Curtin University) nailed an opportunity with just 35 seconds to half time, the scores were locked together at the long break.
 
Walsh opened the scoring in the third and the Uniroos were never headed, despite the Russians levelling the scores on two more occasions.
 
With a one goal margin at three quarter time, the Australians scored the opening two goals of the final stanza, firstly through Ellodie Ruffin (Australian Catholic University) and then Elle Armit (Queensland University of Technology) to provide a buffer.
 
Tiana Sogaard-Andersen’s (Griffith University) goal with a minute remaining sealed the spot in the gold medal decider.

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Courtesy Water Polo Australia