18 February 2012Consistency key to Goldie Sayer's London Olympics bid
The 29-year-old, who has been recognised as the British number one for the past eight years and is currently in the middle of her extensive winter training programme, believes she is on course to successfully qualify for this year’s Olympics Games in London, needing to throw more than 61 metres in competition.
“Our hard training has been running since October, which is necessary and at the moment has been going really well,” she said.
“I am trying to improve on every area and thankfully I am lifting well in the gym and throwing technically well, consistency is certainly the key.
“I might be competing within the coming weeks, but the aim is to be ready for the Diamond League in May and meeting qualification standards to guarantee my place in the GB Olympic team.
“I haven’t competed yet but I’m not concerned about throwing further than 61 metres because I know I can throw further than that and have been in training, so I should be okay.”
Sayers has continued to battle back from two major injuries in the last year.
Although she failed to bring home a medal in the last major competition, finishing a disappointing 11th in the World Athletics Championship javelin final in Daegu, South Korea, back in August, she remains as one of Britain’s biggest medal hopes for London 2012.
During the final at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, she set a new UK record of 65.75 metres when finishing fourth.
Despite the recent setback, Sayers, who become the first British woman to throw over 65 metres since javelins were redesigned in 1999, has already got one eye on London.
She believes the excitement around the Games is all the motivation she needs as she aims to go one better than her last appearance at the world’s biggest sporting spectacle and live up to growing expectations by clinching a medal.
“You think about the Olympics all the time, I’m not one who says they don’t because it is extremely hard not to,” she added.
“It is all the motivation you need when you are training because that is where you want to be and that has what has been driving me through.
“At the moment I am feeling confident of competing strongly because I am throwing consistently and that is what it is all about for me.
“You never throw at maximum effort during training and you should always be able to throw further in competition because of the added adrenaline.
“Stepping out to compete in London would be the biggest incentive to succeed there is, it would be very unique and hopefully I can achieve that.”