Blackpool man’s Olympic joy

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PREESALL athlete Carl Myerscough spoke today of his joy at fulfilling his Olympic dream in London this summer, but said any celebrations had to be put strictly on hold.

Myerscough, selected for Great Britain in the shot put, told The Gazette: “It will be blue murder just trying to get into the Olympic final, so I am too busy training to to any celebrating!”

Nonetheless, he is overjoyed to have made the team for London 2012 after all but giving up on representing his country at the Games.

The 32-year-old field-event giant has benefited from the April court ruling which lifted the lifetime ban on British athletes found guilty of drug offences from taking part at Olympic Games.

But once he was free to compete, Myerscough still had to go to extraordinary lengths to reach the qualifying standard in the shot. He made a last-minute entry into an obscure meeting in Estonia and got the required 20-metre mark on the eve of the team being finalised.

Myerscough said of his GB call-up: “It is fantastic news that I have made the team. It was a close call in the end, but I am relieved and delighted.

“I can’t do any celebrating because I am now involved in the serious business of getting ready to compete.

“There was always a glimmer of hope that I would make the Olympics, though after 2008 I didn’t think it was ever going to happen.”

It was when the Court Of Arbitration For Sport overturned the British Olympic Association stance on drugs offenders that Myerscough finally got the green light and made the most of his opportunity.

He insists he has been accepted by the rest of his team-mates, who show him no ill-will.

Myerscough, who lives in America but is still a member of Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Athletic Club, said: “I never took what people said I was guilty of taking, but it is all in the past – 13 years ago.

“Maybe people may say things about me behind my back, but I don’t think so.