London 2012: Goldie Sayers aims to enjoy her home comforts

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TRANSLATING form at national level on to the international stage has over the years proven to be a difficult task for javelin star Goldie Sayers.

Despite being the undisputed Queen of the javelin scene at home, a fact highlighted by a record-breaking 10 straight UK Championships, Newmarket-born Sayers has yet to medal in the Olympics, World and European Championships, or the Commonwealth Games.

Four years ago, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it looked as if the search for a major medal had ended after the 30-year-old threw a then British record of 65.75m

But despite her efforts it was 38cm short of claiming bronze, leaving Sayers finishing in the dreaded fourth position.

With this summer’s Games in Sayers’ back garden, it presents the Belgrave Harrier, who has also appeared at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, with the ideal opportunity to bring to an end her search for an elusive first major championship medal.

“To medal at an Olympics is such a special moment as it is one of those sporting events which is valued by everyone,” said Sayers.

“The atmosphere at the Olympics is unlike any other event in that the spirit is much more a celebratory one.

“Unlike other sports, we are not in the competition for the money.

“There are so many athletes who never get the chance to take part in the Olympics so I am lucky to say that I will have competed in three by the end of the London Games.

“To pick up a medal at my home Games would be amazing.”

Prior to London 2012, Sayers, a former pupil at Newmarket’s Fairstead House Primary School, has already embraced the spirit of the event after being selected to carry the Olympic torch around the Lincolnshire town of Bourne.

“It was amazing how many people turned up to line the streets of my torch run,” she said. “There was a real sense of pride and community spirt.

“It just shows the effect the Olympics is having on everyone.”

With no injuries holding her back, unlike in 2010 when forced to miss both that year’s Commonwealth Games and European Championships, Sayers arrives at the Olympics in arguably the form of her life.

Earlier this month, the daughter of former Newmarket Journal editor Liz Sayers sent out a warning message to her rivals after sparkling in the wet conditions at the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace when breaking her own UK record with a throw of 66.17m.

“It was the ideal preparation for the Olympics as I beat some key competitors with the performance,” said Sayers

“It was really pleasing all round as a lot of my friends were in the stadium and it was done in front of a home crowd. Hopefully I can produce something similar come the Olympics.”