Javelin thrower targets Olympics at 50
Eurosport - Fri, 29 Jan 10:55:00 2010
Britain could field a 50-year-old javelin thrower at the London 2012 Olympics.
Roald Bradstock, now 47, competed at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics and is targeting a comeback at his homeland Games.
He threw the fifth-best distance by a British athlete last year, 72 metres.
"I grew up in Lea Valley and it would be a fitting end to compete in London as a 50-year-old," he told BBC radio.
"I'm still right in there. Right now Britain is a little weak in the javelin, so I see it as an opportunity for myself to get in there."
Bradstock, born in 1962, first competed at the top level in 1979 and is a contemporary of legendary throwers Tessa Sanderson and Fatima Whitbread.
He now lives in the United States.
"Every day I go out and I can still throw," he told London Calling. "I'm very appreciative of it because I don't know when it's going to end.
"On Mondays and Fridays I train twice a day, a couple of hours a session and nine in total a week. It's still a lot - but nowhere near as much as I used to train.
"I train very differently. Now it's about fitness, I still do throwing, bounding and plyometrics, but I really minimise how much of it I do.
"I do it when I need to do it to improve my throwing."
Bradstock will be ready to put aside his javelin once he has achieved his dream of walking out at the Olympic Stadium in 2012.
"Hopefully I can go through to 2012," he said. "I'm just staying as fit as I can and be as careful as I can - then my goal is in two-and-a-half years."
Mervyn Luckwell of Milton Keynes threw the longest distance by a Briton last year, 81.05m.
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