Javelin star Goldie Sayers has finally laid her injury demons to rest after winning gold at the Sainsbury’s British Championships.
The 31-year-old from Newmarket has gone through a torrid past two years after snapping a tendon in her throwing elbow prior to the London Championships, which dashed any hopes of dazzling in the biggest event of her career.
However, after a long road to recovery Sayers was back aloft the podium with a winning throw of 62.75m to seal an 11th national title and allow her to start dreaming about future success with the European Championships and Commonwelath Games well within her focus.
“The most pleasing thing for me is to be back competing, that’s what is significant to me,” she said. “After three operations and a long time out, I did have thoughts that I might never throw again.
“However, I had to focus on making sure I had a fully functioning arm for later in life.
“The victory has certainly laid to rest the doubts during my time out and has given me back some confidence.
“After all that time out it is just great to be back and I certainly won’t be taking it for granted.
“The European Championships and Commonwealth Games are definitely now in my focus.
“I’m just going to throw my best and if that gets me a medal then it will be the icing on the cake.”