Injury worry as Myerscough makes early exit

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BLACKPOOL thrower Carl Myerscough is still sweating on a place in Team GB for the London Olympics after crashing out of athletics’ European Championships in Finland.

Injury has added to the 32-year-old’s worries as he failed to qualify for the shot-putt final in Helsinki.

The Blackpool Wyre and Fylde club thrower was troubled by a leg injury and made an early exit, finishing only 14th.

USA-based Myerscough has thrown over 20 metres twice this season but must do so for a third time to qualify for the London 2012 team.

Injury permitting, the British champion and record holder for the past decade will have further opportunities to clinch a place before the team is finalised on July 15.

Myerscough, whose family live in Pilling, is eligible for the GB Olympic team for the first time after his lifelong drug ban was overruled by the Court of Arbritration for Sport in April.

A winner at last weekend’s Aviva Trials in Birmingham, Myerscough is one of 82 Brits in Helsinki bidding to achieve Olympic qualifying standards. He rushed straight to see Team GB medical officials in order to identify the extent of his injury.

He said: “I’m very disappointed with that performance, I hurt my leg and it just didn’t feel right at all.

“I’ve got to go and get some treatment. I was on the verge of blacking out during the competition because it hurt so badly.

“It hurt before the first throw. I was in a lot of pain and it did not work out. I got some treatment on Tuesday which I thought would help but it didn’t go well.

“In terms of where this leaves me with the Olympic Games so close, I really don’t know. I’ll have to go and speak to the physio and the doctors.

“I’m very disappointed and I don’t know where this leaves me. It’s very upsetting. I just need to take stock now.”

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