Blow for Sayers

  • Last Updated: August 7 2012, 11:10 BST

Great Britain's Goldie Sayers has failed to qualify for the final of the women's javelin on Tuesday morning.

Goldie Sayers: Suffered elbow injury at Crystal Palace

Sayers finished fourth in Beijing four years ago with a British record and bettered that mark with a distance of 66.15m earlier this year.

That throw marked her down as a potential gold medallist at London 2012 but arrived at the Olympic Stadium with her throwing arm strapped at the elbow.

And she was clearly unhappy as she fouled her first two throws, putting enormous pressure on her third and final effort.

And it proved too much for the 30-year-old from Suffolk, who stepped through the line once again after seeing her final throw dip under the 50-metre mark.

"I think I caught a nerve in warm-up and couldn't feel my hand," said a clearly emotioanl Sayers. "I couldn't flight the javelin but physically I'm in the shape of my life.

"Had this been three weeks ago I would be fine but unfortunately I tore my elbow ligament at Crystal Palace (the night she extended her British record).

"That's literally all I had today. The irony is in 15 years of throwing a javelin I've never had an elbow injury. So why it had to happen three weeks before the biggest day of my life, maybe I'll find out in the years to come.

"I'm devastated but I had to give it a go."