Dani Samuels

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Dani Samuels (born 26 May 1988) is an Australian discus thrower who in 2009 became the youngest ever female world champion in the event.. Inside Athletics (September, 2009 edition). . Retrieved 7-10-2009.

After winning the discus gold and shot put bronze medals at the 2005 World Youth Championships in Athletics, she went on to win the bronze medal in the discus at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne at the age of seventeen. She won the discus silver at the 2007 Summer Universiade and represented Australia at her first World Championships in Athletics soon after. She reached the final of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and improved significantly the following year to win the gold medal at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.

Her personal best throws are 65.84 m for the discus and 16.30 metres in the shot put.

Career

Samuels was born in 1988 to mother Tracy Samuels and father Mark Samuels. She is the second eldest of 4 children and the family grew up in Merrylands, a suburb of Sydney and started athletics at Greystanes Little Athletics club.

Samuels first attended Merrylands Public School and the school is still proud of her great achievements, she then moved onto Westfields Sports High School as a basketballer before changing to train with her coach Denis Knowles in the Westfields athletic program.

Her first global appearance came in the shot put at the 2003 IAAF World Youth Championships at the age of fifteen, at which she finished 13th in...
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