Goldie Is Going For Gold
GOLDIE Sayers produced a sixth round throw of 62.62 metres – the 10th best throw in the world this year. The former King s School pupil, a member of the Belgrave Harriers, claimed her fifth consecutive Women s 3As javelin title at the Alexander Stadium in
GOLDIE Sayers produced a sixth round throw of 62.62 metres - the 10th best throw in the world this year. The former King's School pupil, a member of the Belgrave Harriers, claimed her fifth consecutive Women's 3As javelin title at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Sunday.
Her 10 rivals included Birchfield heptathlete Kelly Sotherton, but Goldie's personal best (and British record) of 65.05 metres is nearly 15 metres ahead of any of her British rivals, none of whom had thrown in excess of 50 metres this season.
The Ely-based athlete opened with 61.63 metre throw to virtually guarantee herself the title, but after exceeding 60 metres once more in the fifth round she saved her best effort for last, coming within 1.34 metres of her longest throw of the campaign.
Sotherton threw a season-best mark of 34.31 metres in the second of her three attempts, but despite working with Goldie's first coach Mike McNeil to improve her weakest even she appeared out of sorts.
Goldie's mother Liz Sayers meanwhile confirmed that her daughter had been officially called up for the Great Britain squad at the Beijing Olympics, and was optimistic about her prospects.
"She wasn't pushed at Birmingham," said Mrs Sayers, "but there will be some top class competition in the Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on July 26."
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When asked about Goldie's hopes of an Olympic medal, Mrs Sayers was understandably cautious.
"I think you could say that she's hoping to do her very best," "and she's trained hard and she's in good form.
"She feels she can take on the best in the world, and on the day, her best could be good enough for a medal."
The women's world record for the javelin is held by Osleidys Menendez of Cuba, who threw 71.70 metres in 2005.
Pic cap: Goldie threw the 10th best throw in the world this year at Birmingham on Sunday.
Photo: MARK SHEARMAN