Athletics announcement

Matthew Denny will throw in his second Olympic games this year (Source: Athletics Australia)

Seven more athletes have been announced to compete in the field events in the Athletics competition, bringing the Australian Athletics team to 63.

The Australian Olympics Committee has finalized the Australian Athletics team for Tokyo 2020, announcing a further seven field athletes in addition to the 29 track athletes announced today. This brings the contingent of field athletes to 13, six of which were previously announced earlier this year.

The athletes named today complete the third-largest Australian Olympics Athletics squad (63) after Sydney 2000 (87) and Melbourne (75), making it the biggest Australian Athletics squad to compete in an Olympic Game outside Australia.

With the final athletes announced today, it takes the total number of selected athletes to 473, finalizing the Tokyo 2020 Australian Olympic Team.

Of the field athletes announced today, Kathryn Mitchell and Henry Frayne will be competing in their third Games, whilst Mackenzie Little will make her debut in the Javelin event. Four more athletes are heading to Tokyo for their second games.

Joining four-time olympian Dani Stevens in the discus event, is Matt Denny, who threw a personal best of 66.15m smashing his PB by 68cm, and earning selection.

“I was so happy to throw a PB so close to Tokyo especially considering we have a lot of freshening up to do to get into peak form, so I’m very excited about the form I potentially could get into,” Denny said.

“I’m really just looking forward to finally competing again. It’s been a long time between drinks when it comes to competing internationally, so I’m hanging out to get back in the ring.

“The past few years have had a lot of learning curves, but it’s nice to have learnt them ahead of Tokyo.”

All seven field athletes have yet to win a medal, but most certainly are capable of doing so.

Appearing in his second Games and looking to add Olympic gold to his resume is high jumper Brandon Starc, who holds an Australian record (2.36m) and Commonwealth Games gold from Gold Coast 2018. He, Eleanor Patterson, and Nicola McDermott make up the Australian high jump unit for Tokyo 2020.

Mackenzie Little is the third Australian that earned a place in the Javelin event at Tokyo 2020 Photo: Australian Olympic Committee/Brett Hemmings

Three-time Olympian Kathryn Mitchell and debutant Mackenzie Little create the javelin team, along with Kelsey-Lee Barber who was announced previously.

West Australian Elizaveta Parnova was the final pole vaulter to be named and combine with fellow West Aussie Nina Kennedy and Kurtis Marschall to complete the event’s athletes.

Long jumper Henry Frayne will head into his third Olympic games accompanied by Brooke Stratton, which rounds out the field team for Tokyo 2020.

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Ian Chesterman, Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympics Team offered his congratulations to the athletes selected.

“It is fantastic to send our biggest ever Athletics team to an away Games,” Mr. Chesterman said.

“To have so many athletes qualify is a great reflection of their commitment and persistence. It also speaks volumes of the tremendous support from their coaches, families, friends and Athletics Australia.

“The depth and talent we have in Australian athletics is exciting. 

“With 63 athletes, this is the biggest section of the Team and they will bring great energy to the group in the second week of the Games.”

Athletics Australia CEO Peter Bromley welcomed today’s finalisation of the team for Tokyo.

“With just weeks to go until the Tokyo Games finally begin, it’s incredibly exciting to see 36 more athletes announced to the Australian Olympic Athletics Team,” Bromley said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all 63 Australian track and field representatives put their work from over the last five years into action.”

Australian-based field athletes will join their track teammates in a pre-Olympics training camp in Cairns from July 10, before heading off to Tokyo. The field events will take place at Tokyo’s Olympic stadium between 30 July – 8 August.

Full Australian Athletics Field Team

Kelsey-Lee BarberJavelin2nd (Rio 2016)
Matthew DennyDiscus Throw2nd (2016)
Henry FrayneLong Jump3rd (2012,2016)
Nina KennedyPole VaultDebut
Mackenzie LittleJavelin ThrowDebut
Kurtis MarschallPole Vault2nd (Rio 2016)
Nicola McDermottHigh JumpDebut
Kathryn MitchellJavelin Throw3rd (2012, 2016)
Elizaveta ParnovaPole Vault2nd (2016)
Eleanor PattersonHigh Jump2nd (2016)
Brandon StarcHigh Jump2nd (2016)
Dani StevensDiscus4th (Rio 2016, London 2012, Beijing 2008)
Brooke StrattonLong Jump2nd (Rio 2016)

The Athletics will run from 30 July to 8 August at Tokyo 2020.

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