Newmarket Olympian Goldie Sayers is on the comeback trail

Goldie Sayers

Goldie Sayers - Credit: PA

Javelin star Goldie Sayers can finally see light at the end of the tunnel after her annus horribilis which saw her Olympic dream destroyed by injury.

The “Suffolk Slinger” tore part of her elbow prior to the London 2012 Games at a Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace and then failed to reach the Olympic final, ripping a ligament off the bone during qualifying, pictured right.

The 30-year-old embarked on surgery in the UK, which was unsuccessful when one of the screws came out of her elbow by half a centimetre. Sayers eventually ended up in the USA where she underwent a further operation which has now set her back on the right path.

Back in training, Sayers should begin throwing a javelin again next month and is targeting a place back in the big time, with Rio 2016 still a target.

“I am 10 weeks post-surgery and involved in most training components, bar throwing a javelin,” said the Newmarket-born thrower.

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“My first aim is to get my elbow strong and healthy and then to make sure it can cope with being able to throw a javelin and the different dynamics involved.

“If the operation had been successful first time around I would have been fine to compete this season.

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“I have been more of an armchair fan this year and unfortunately I only compete in my event between May and September so I will have been out almost two years when I begin competing again.”

Sayers hopes to be back in full training by January and is targeting a comeback next year, ahead of two prestigious competitions in Switzerland and Scotland, in which she aims to compete.

“The Commonwealth Games (Glasgow) and European Championships (Zurich) next year are the focus and I will be preparing for them,” added Sayers.

“I am really looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and, with it being held in Glasgow, it should feel like another home games.”

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