Carl Myerscough may be the first British athlete to compete at London 2012 but the Blackpool thrower insists he feels under no pressure.
Blackpool Wyre and Fylde AC shot putter Myerscough is delighted to have the opportunity to crown a near 20-year athletics career by contesting his first Olympics at the age of 32.
Currently with the Team GB squad at their holding camp in Portugal, Myerscough is set to be the first British Olympian in action when the London 2012 athletics gets under way with the shot-put qualifiers a week tomorrow.
And Myerscough said: “I don’t feel under any great pressure. I am just happy and excited.
“My psychology of going into it is that it is just another meet. It is a very important meet and there is a lot of fanfare and the Olympics is a fantastic event.”
Now based in the USA, Myerscough was staying at the family home in Preesall before linking up with the GB squad at Loughborough University for their kitting out ceremony last weekend.
His one disappointment is that he will be contesting only one event at the Games.
Myerscough won bronze in the discus at the last Commonwealth Games but has not qualified for the Games at his second discipline.
He added: “This year I was trying to focus on both the discus and the shot. I don’t know how wise or perfect that was but because I have always been doing both events I have felt comfortable. It hasn’t hurt my shot putting in any way.
“But I have got my shot putting going again and I am just happy to be on the team – it doesn’t matter that it isn’t discus.
“I have focused on becoming the best shot putter I can be over the last month, so I will assess that at the end of the year.
“I have self-coached myself completely on my own this year, which probably wouldn’t have worked ten years ago. But I am 32 now and I am comfortable with that.”
He qualified in the shot in dramatic style, reaching the required standard at a low-key meet in Estonia just hours before the selection window shut.
It realiseed a lifelong ambition which Myerscough appeared destined never to fulfil until April’s court ruling which outlawed the British Olympic Association’s policy of imposing lifetime bans on those who fail drug tests.
“I think I had given up hope of ever competing at the Olympics,” he said.
“I didn’t know that it would even happen so it is a wonderful relief and it means a great deal to my whole career and life really because I have invested 20 years in being a thrower, so it is wonderful to say that you are an Olympian.”
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