Waterford Young Fella Qualifies For Olympic Shape Throwing Finals

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WATERFORD young fella Danny Phelan made history today in Brazil when he became the first ever shape thrower from Ireland to qualify for the finals in Rio.

The 22-year-old, from Larchville, will compete for his country against twenty four other competitors from around the world this week.

Phelan smashed his previous record by throwing over 20 different shapes while walking the 1,000 metre course this morning, smashing everyone in his heat.

Throwing shapes only became recognised as an Olympic sport last year and has since become hugely popular among young ‘townies’ across the country.

“I started throwing shapes when I was 13 and it kind of took off from there,” said Phelan, “I suppose it was a defence thing in a way to make meself look bigger and that”.

Danny’s manager and father, Tom Phelan, said his son was one of the biggest shapers he has seen in Ireland a in a long time and expects a gold from him this year.

“I tell ya one thing bai, if he doesn’t win something i’ll show him fucking shapes,” he half joked with a serious face.

The throwing shapes event spans over 1000 metres with 9 competitors throwing the most amount of shapes in the quickest time possible. Competitors will be marked on arm sway, outward feet position, chest pump and intimidating head posture. At least one ‘do you want your go’ shape must be thrown during each 1000 metre dash. The winner of the shape throwing event will receive a gold chain instead of a gold medal.

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