Best is yet to come

ELY S Goldie Sayers may have broken the British javelin record at the weekend, but she believes that there are even better throws to come. A lifetime best throw of 65.05m at the Loughborough International meeting on Sunday smashed per previous best of 61.

ELY'S Goldie Sayers may have broken the British javelin record at the weekend, but she believes that there are even better throws to come.

A lifetime best throw of 65.05m at the Loughborough International meeting on Sunday smashed per previous best of 61.45m and took the 24-year-old to the top of the early season world rankings.

Sayers got better and better throughout the competition and had twice set personal bests before her record-breaking throw in the sixth and final round beat the national record of 64.87m set by Kelly Morgan in 2002.

The performance came as a surprise to the former King's School student. She said: "I was hoping to beat my personal best but I wasn't expecting to beat it by so much."


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Sayers has just returned from training in Portugal and she paid tribute to her coach and former Great Britain javelin international, Mark Roberson, from Burwell. She said: "I have been working with Mark since September, and after two weeks of coaching I knew that he would make me a much better competitor."

And Sayers feels that there is still room for improvement, saying: "There are still things that I need to work on but the key is going to be maintaining consistency.

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"Now it is up to me to continue to throw well and regularly hit 62 and 63 metres. I don't expect to exceed 65 metres too many times but I know that I am capable of it now."

Sayers' superb form has come at just the right time. With next month's Europa Cup and the IAAF World Championships in Japan in August, Sayers could be a realistic British medal hope.

She said: "I haven't really started to think about Japan yet but a throw of 65 metres should put me in with a chance of a medal.

There isn't a lot of competition for places in British women's javelin, which is a shame because I would love to face stronger opposition.

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