Stevens hungry for more world title success

PLENTY ON HER PLATE: Discus thrower Dani Stevens, nee Samuels, is in top form heading into the Australian titles.
PLENTY ON HER PLATE: Discus thrower Dani Stevens, nee Samuels, is in top form heading into the Australian titles.

IT'S been eight years since Dani Stevens became the youngest discus world champion in history, but she reckons she is still nowhere near her peak.

Sporting a new married name, new home base and a new enthusiasm for success, the reigning Commonwealth Games champion and multiple Olympian believes recent results point to a career-best purple patch - and potentially more world championship success.

"I definitely feel I have a world title left in me,'' said the 28-year-old.

"I don't feel like I've reached peak.''

Happy, fit, healthy and recently returned to her home in Sydney after a stint on the Gold Coast for her surgeon husband's work, Stevens, nee Samuels, has the world championships in London later this year, a defence of her Commonwealth Games gold on the Gold Coast next year and the Tokyo Olympics all on her radar.

But the immediate goal of the NSW Institute of Sport athlete is to win a national title on Sunday in Sydney and earn a spot at the world titles.

In the lead-up to the Australian championships, Stevens has thrown 66.78m twice - a distance that would have earned her a silver at the Rio Olympics where she finished fourth.

"It's a world-class throw. If I did that at a championship I would probably be in the medal mix,'' Stevens said.

"So after this start, come world championship I'd definitely be hoping for a personal best.

"If I win the national title that would make this my sixth world championship team. That's a lot of experience to take into an event.''

Steven's PB is a 67.00m which she threw at a meet in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 2014.

"It will take 69m, 70m to win a world title, 66m-plus to get a minor medal,'' she said.

Stevens said just missing a medal in Rio has made her determined to make it to the Tokyo Olympics,.

"I've never come fourth before in anything. It was really confusing to be so close but so far away,'' she said. "A hard one to wrap my head around.

"It definitely feels like unfinished business.''

Topics:  discus olympic games world championships

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