Goldie Sayers looking for Commonwealth Games success after putting ‘freak’ injury behind her
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Goldie Sayers cannot wait to get back to competing in the sport she loves.
Following more than a year of torment and frustration following a freak elbow injury, the Olympic javelin thrower from Newmarket is finally back in full training and has her sights set firmly on the future.
Sayers originally suffered the injury when she broke her own British record at the Crystal Palace Grand Prix three weeks before the start of the London 2012 games with a throw of 66.17m.
“I originally ruptured the ligaments at Crystal Palace,” said Sayers.
“The race was on to try and fix it in time for London but it just kept on playing up, it wasn’t right at all.”
A feeling of agony and disappointment then crept in for Sayers as her injury limited her throwing capacity in the Olympic Stadium.
In no fit shape to compete, Sayers didn’t even bother having her three qualifying throws measured as she bowed out of the competition in tears on national television.
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Having been just 38cm short of a medal in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, Sayers was a good bet to medal in London, particularly seeing as she was in the form of her life in the run-up to the event. In fact, if she had repeated her record-breaking throw, she would have clinched a silver medal.
But all that is behind Sayers now as she looks to re-establish herself on the biggest stage again.
“I think competing is the thing I missed the most,” admitted Sayers.
“I’ve had previous injuries before but there has been nothing quite like this, it has been so frustrating.
“I’m looking forward to returning to the field and certainly won’t be taking anything for granted.”
After an unsuccessful operation in the UK, which saw one of the screws fitted on her elbow come out by half a centimetre, Sayers eventually ended up receiving treatment in the USA – something she wishes she did in the first place.
“The whole ordeal was a nightmare,” admitted Sayers.
“My injury ended up being worse than it actually was after the operation in the UK.
“A screw was out of place and it was most uncomfortable.
“I wish I would’ve have just gone straight to the States as I would’ve probably been back six months earlier.”
And the 31-year-old star, who was the youngest member of Team GB at Athens in 2004, aged just 22, couldn’t be more grateful to surgeon Jim Andrews, who has potentially resurrected her career.
“I’m so grateful to him, he was so good,” said Sayers.
“I think he’s done something like 5,000 constructions with elbows and similar sorts of injuries with baseball players so I’m most appreciative of what he’s done, it feels great.”
Sayers will be 34 should she qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio – but the ten-time National Champion is looking to firstly re-establish herself at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
She said: “Still being in Great Britain, I’m hoping I’ll get some extra support and if I can throw back to the distances I was reaching before, which I’m confident I can, then who knows I might be able to mark my return with a medal.”