Carl Myerscough has been crowned British shot put champion for the tenth successive year but the Blackpool Wyre and Fylde AC thrower has not yet done enough to secure a place in the GB team for the London 2012 games.
The US-based 32-year-old’s winning throw of 19.42m at yesterday’s Aviva Olympic trials in Birmingham fell short of the 20m minimum required for Team GB selection.
Myerscough has already achieved this ‘B’ standard distance twice this season but must reach it for a third time in order to be considered for Olympic selection.
He said: “I’m happy with the win because it’s my tenth consecutive, so I’m proud of that. I would have liked to have thrown further, conditions were difficult.”
Myerscough is set to gain a further opportunity in Finland at this week’s European Championships. Myerscough, whose parents live in Pilling, was expected to be named today in the GB squad to contest the Helsinki event, starting on Wednesday.
There was disappointment for Myerscough in the discus, in which he had to settle for fifth place in Birmingham with a best throw of 59.17, over four metres behind winner Lawrence Okoye of Croydon.
Myerscough was one of four competitors to have achieved the A qualifying standard of 65.00, meaning a top-two finish would have secured a London 2012 spot.
Myerscough has never appeared in the Olympics, having tested positive for anabolic steroids in 1999. Banned for two years from all competition, he has since won two Commonwealth Games bronze medals and set a long-standing British shot record.
However, he remained subject to a lifetime ban imposed by the British Olympic Association until their hardline stance on drug-takers was ruled illegal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in April.
n COMPETITORS were able to seal their place on the British team for London by finishing first or second in their event at the weekend’s trials in Birmingham.
Here, Press Association Sport lists the 33 who did just that at the Alexander Stadium.
Sophie Hitchon (Hammer)
Christine Ohuruogu, Shana Cox (400m)
Tiffany Porter, Jessica Ennis* (100m hurdles)
Shara Proctor (long jump)
Goldie Sayers (javelin)
Perri Shakes-Drayton, Eilidh Child (400m hurdles)
Eilish McColgan (3,000m steeplechase)
Laura Weightman (1,500m)
Holly Bleasdale, Kate Dennison (pole vault)
Jo Pavey (5,000m)
Margaret Adeoye, Anyika Onuora (200m)
* Ennis will be entered for the hurdles as a back-up to the heptathlon.
Steve Lewis (pole vault)
Greg Rutherford (long jump)
Dai Greene, Jack Green (400m hurdles)
Andy Baddeley, Ross Murray (1,500m)
Adam Gemili (100m)
Robbie Grabarz (high jump)
Nick McCormick (5,000m)
Martyn Rooney, Conrad Williams (400m)
James Ellington, Christian Malcolm (200m)
Lawrence Okoye (discus)
Andrew Osagie (800m)
Andrew Pozzi, Lawrence Clarke (110m hurdles)