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Goldie breaks her British javelin record

16 July 2012

Loughborough University graduate Goldie Sayers warmed up for the London 2012 Olympic Games in style by breaking her own British javelin record at the London Grand Prix.

Goldie threw 66.17 metres at Crystal Palace on Saturday to push reigning Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova (Czechoslovakia) into second place and world number one Sunette Viljoen (Russia) into fourth.

It was the perfect birthday present for Goldie, who was 30 today. “That was what I was after,” said Goldie after a competition in which she followed up her first round record breaking throw with two more throws beyond 64 metres.

“I know from that that there is more in there. It’s that bit more special because I have some of my best friends in the crowd.

“The last time I threw a personal best was in the Olympic final in Beijing. I would absolutely love to do it again in London – everything seems to come right for me in Olympic year.”

Goldie’s throw was her third British record and the sixth-best in the world this year. It was also better than the 65.75 metres she threw at the Beijing Olympics four years ago when she finished fourth. That was a new British best which stood until Saturday.

Another Olympic medal hope Robbie Grabarz, who trains at Loughborough, finished joint second in the high jump with fellow Brit Tom Parsons. He jumped 2.22m, 12cm below his season’s best.

There were several other athletes with Loughborough links at Crystal Palace, including Barbara Parker, who finished third in the 3,000m steeplechase in a time of 9:29.22secs.

JJ Jegede was fifth in the long jump with a leap of 8.11m, and Steve Lewis finished eighth in the pole vault with 5.40m

Lisa Dobriskey was seventh in the 1,500m (4:08.83), Abdul Bahari was seventh in the discus (60.25m), and Martyn Rooney was sixth in the 400m (45.31secs).

Will Sharman finished eighth in his heat of the 110m hurdles in 13.87.

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