Dani Samuels

Dani Samuels (born 26 May 1988) is an Australian discus thrower who in 2009 became the youngest ever female world champion in the event.

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.

Samuels is one of only nine athletes (along with Valerie Adams, Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jacques Freitag, Yelena Isinbayeva, Kirani James, Jana Pittman, and David Storl) to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event. Her personal best throw is 66.81m for the discus.

Latest News

Dani gets selected for Beijing World Champs


Athletics Australia selectors have already nominated Dani Samuels for the team for IAAF World Championships, Beijing…

A new Meet Record at the Sydney Track Classic


Dani relished the opportunity to throw in front of her home crowd, improving the meet record for…

Early Season World Lead at the Adelaide Track Classic


Dani’s best throw of 65.20m was a new World Lead, as well as a meet record and…

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