Olympian Sayers hits top form

ELY Olympian Goldie Sayers, showed she is nearing her best form once more after an excellent performance for Great Britain and NI at the European Team Championships in Norway at the weekend.

ELY Olympian Goldie Sayers, showed she is nearing her best form once more after an excellent performance for Great Britain and NI at the European Team Championships in Norway at the weekend.

Goldie, the British record holder who was fourth at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, had an excellent outing in the javelin, taking second place with a best throw of 59.25m.

Her winning throw came on her fourth and final attempt after Russian Mariya Abakumova threatened to take second place. The Russian, who won a silver medal in Beijing in 2008, could only manage 58.24m.

First place went to German, Christina Obergfoll with 59.88m. In Beijing, Obergfoll beat Goldie by 38cm – the depth of a tabloid newspaper page - to take Olympic bronze.


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The strong winds in Norway proved especially challenging for all javelin throwers from the 12 European countries taking part in the championships.

Goldie said: “It was a really tactical competition and you needed to be a meteorologist to work out when to throw as we were contending with a headwind and a crosswind which is a nightmare. But I got more points than I was predicted and beat the Olympic silver medallist, so not a bad day out!”

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Goldie has already thrown more than 63m this season – well over the qualifying mark for the European Championships in Barcelona at the end of July (the javelin final is on 29 July).

Next Sunday (June 27) she competes at the AAA Championships in Birmingham.

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