THROWING FOR GLORY: Goldie prepares to take on the world as 2012 Olympics get under way

FINGERS were crossed across the nation for Ely Olympian Goldie Sayers as the London 2012 Games officially got under way today.

Competing at Crystal Palace just a fortnight ago, 30-year-old Sayers broke her own British record and beat a world-class field to win the Diamond League athletics event.

During her fourth throw, however, Sayers felt a twinge in her elbow and a subsequent scan revealed that she had torn a ligament.

With her Olympic Stadium debut just a week away, and with the games officially open, supporters were keeping fingers crossed that she will be ok to compete when her event gets under way on August 7.

Though she is said to have “responded very well to treatment” and resumed training, the former Ely star will be unable to use painkillers during her event for fear of affecting her throw.

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She has been experimenting with various arm strappings to help her manage the pain and has also consulted with javelin veteran Steve Backley

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