Injured Goldie Sayers vows to fight on after London 2012 dream ends in tears
BRAVE Goldie Sayers’ London 2012 dream ended in tears this morning as an elbow injury halted her progress in the women’s javelin.
Ely’s Olympian, who competed despite a torn elbow ligament, failed to register a throw in the Olympic Stadium. She grimaced in pain after each of her three attempts, nursing her heavily strapped arm.
The 30-year-old will not compete in the javelin final but, in an emotional interview with the BBC, she vowed to “put things right” at Rio 2016.
“I know I can throw 70m and I will carry on to Rio,” she said.
“It’s just gutting not to be in the final in front of a home crowd. Hopefully I can do the country proud in Rio.”
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Sayers’ painful exit came just three weeks after she broke her own national record in the London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace.
She told the BBC: “I’m sure people have criticised me for competing injured. I did one throwing session a few days ago and that went well but I caught a nerve in the warm-up and I couldn’t feel my hand.
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“I couldn’t flight the javelin but physically I’m in the best shape of my life. I tore my elbow at Palace having just thrown 66m and feeling in fantastic shape in the worst conditions.
“The irony is in 15 years of throwing a javelin I have never once hurt my elbow.
“Why it had to happen three weeks before the biggest day of my life... I’m sure I’ll find out in due course.
“I’m devastated but I had to give it a go and I couldn’t not compete in a home Olympics.”