BLACKPOOL Wyre and Fylde AC thrower Carl Myerscough admits he faces some tough decisions about his future after a switch to the discus failed to improve his fortunes at athletics’ world championships in South Korea.
The 31-year-old, who has previously represented Great Britain in the shot on the world stage and finished 11th in Berlin two years ago, focused on the discus instead for this year’s championships in Daego.
The move seemed to be paying dividends when he survived a hotly-contested Aviva UK Championships to qualify for the GB team, but Myerscough was way below his best in yesterday’s heats.
A best throw of 60.29m was nowhere near his personal best of 65.10 and well below the qualifying standard of 62.38.
Having finished 29th out of the 32 competitors, Myerscough said: “I am disappointed obviously. I felt pretty good out there and my technique was OK, but it wasn’t going far enough and so it’s frustrating.
“I’m pleased to have made it to the world championships in the discus because I normally do the shot and not so many people go in two different events.
“I will have to reconsider now whether I go back to shot. I’m not going to make that decision right now.
“I have been pretty good at making the final in the shot, so not to make the final is disappointing.”
Myerscough, originally from Hambleton but now a US resident, switched to discus at a time when the sport is enjoying a renaissance in this country.
Such is the standard now that new British record holder Lawrence Okoye did not make the three-man team for Daegu.
But whatever he decides for the future, Myserscough is adamant he will be a better athlete for 2011.
He cannot be selected for next year’s London Olympics because of a doping ban over a decade ago, and he will instead focus on the European Championships a few weeks before the 2012 Games.
“It was an experiment this year,” he added. “It’s gone OK, but the standard of british discus throwing has sprung up around me and when I made the decision I didn’t know this was going to happen.
“But I think some of the skills are transferrable and part of the plan to do the discus was to give the body a bit of a rest. My hand is a bit healthier so I think next year will be a good year.”
Myerscough prepared for the World Championships at a training camp funded by Aviva – supporters of British athletes since 1999.
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