Dani Stevens has her sights set on a 70m throw at this year’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.Dani Stevens will turn 30 this year but it is the number 70 she is more concerned with ahead of April’s Commonwealth Games.
‘s discus star won silver at last year’s world championships in London with a personal best 69.64m.
It came eight years after a surprise world championship win as a 21-year-old and is proof she is throwing as well as she says she feels.
The Sydney product will compete at this weekend’s national titles on the Gold Coast before returning to the same venue for April’s Games.
She is confident of eclipsing the magical 70m mark after coming within “the length of an A4 sheet of paper” at London’s world championships.
“I feel really fantastic actually; feel like I’m just getting warmed up,” she told media on Wednesday.
“I’ve had a lot of highs and lows in my career but I feel like that experience will really help me in a home Games.”
Not much has changed for Stevens since her shock world title in 2009 but she says that is what is giving her confidence ahead of Gold Coast and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“I’ve had probably over 100,000 repetitions of throwing a discus now; that kind of consistency is now ingrained, it’s a consistent movement and as you get older you only get stronger and more powerful and faster,” she said.
“It’s about refining those tiny angles and degrees to get me over that 70m mark.
“But for me Tokyo Olympics is at forefront of mind; it will be my fourth Olympics and it’s the one (medal) I don’t have.”
She will throw in Sunday’s final, with action from Metricon Stadium beginning on Thursday.
In a new initiative announced on Wednesday, the Betty Cuthbert Medal will be awarded to the athlete who produces the most outstanding performance of the meet.