BLACKPOOL, Wyre and Fylde athlete Carl Myerscough refuses to give up on earning a place at the London Olympics now that his Games ban has been lifted after a drug violation.
Time is running out, but the 32-year-old thrower is going to extraordinary lengths to make it to next month’s Games and has gone a step closer.
Myerscough failed to qualify for the shot final at the European Championships in Helsinki, then discovered that one of his rivals for a place on the British team in the discus – Abdul Buhari – had achieved the ‘A’ qualifying standard with a throw of 65.24m in Barnet.
Myerscough needed one more throw of 20 metres (the ‘B’ qualifying standard) in the shot to be eligible for selection and so looked for another competition ahead of last night’s deadline.
He jumped on a ferry to Estonia, where he threw 20.13m, an effort which could secure a place in London for Myerscough, the British champion and record holder for the past decade.
“It’s a great story,” said UK Athletics head coach Charles Van Commenee.
“Myerscough was sitting in the stands on Saturday (at the European Championships in Helsinki) and heard that Buhari had thrown the standard in London, which means he would probably not be selected for the discus.
“He decided to look on the internet and found a competition in Estonia. He jumped on the boat late at night to Tallinn, threw the distance forthe shot and returned to jump on the plane home (with the rest of the GB team in Finland).”
Like Dwain Chambers, Myerscough, now living in the United States, was only cleared to compete in the Olympics in April, when the British Olympic Association’s lifetime ban on drugs cheats was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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