Myerscough takes five

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BLACKPOOL’S Carl Myerscough finished fifth in the shot put at athletics’ pre-Olympics Aviva London Grand Prix over the weekend, but was overshadowed by another member of the British throwing team.

In a world-class field warming up for London 2012, now less than a fortnight away, the Blackpool Wyre and Fylde thrower managed 19.69 at Crystal Palace on Saturday, trailing behind the 21.34 recorded by American winner Reese Hoffa.

32-year-old Myerscough’s throw was short of the Olympic qualifying standard he achieved in such dramatic circumstances in Estonia two weeks ago, resulting in his first ever call-up for the British Olympics team following a drugs ban.

Myerscough, now based in the USA, has been staying at the family home in Preesall while completing his preparations for the Games. The undoubted star of the show on day two of the Diamond League event was javelin thrower Goldie Sayers, who threw a new British record of 66.17m in the women’s event.

The Belgrave Harriers’ first throw superseded her previous national best and personal best by 42cm, which she achieved in Beijing 2008. It was a near-faultless display of javelin throwing to win the competition.

“It was one of my best days on an athletics track and it’s my 30th birthday on Monday, so it’s a nice present,” enthused Sayers.

n Half of all athletes taking part in the London Olympic Games will be tested for drugs from today in what is being billed as the biggest anti-doping operation in the history of the games.

A team of 150 scientists will take more than 6,000 samples between now and the end of the Paralympic Games on September 9 in a bid to ensure the Games are not tainted by disqualifications and scandals like those which have happened in the past.