Hammer thrower Myra Perkins reflects on the 50cm that cost her at Commonwealth Games

Myra Perkins missed out on a medal at Hampden Park last week but still enjoyed her Commonwealth experience. Picture: Michael Gillen

Myra Perkins missed out on a medal at Hampden Park last week but still enjoyed her Commonwealth experience. Picture: Michael Gillen

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Myra Perkins missed her lift taking her the three miles from the athletes’ village in Dalmarnock to Hampden Park’s athletics arena.

She succeeded in qualifying for the hammer throw final despite the missing transport link but it was a miss on a smaller scale – just 50cm – which cost her a place in the closing stages of the final.

The thrower, from Polmont qualified for last Tuesday night’s final – despite a first day of competition disrupted by a bus which didn’t turn up to take her to Hampden Park from the athletes’ village in Dalmarnock.

She squeezed into the final in the 12th and last remaining place for Monday night’s session, but was eliminated after the first three throws by just 50cm.

“I felt I came here, coped with one of the most difficult competitions of my life and I think I can hold my head high,” said Myra, who now lives in Loughborough where she based herself for a year of Games preparations.

“I ended up ranked 12th and only just made it through. I felt good but I took all the other factors in my stride – the bus was late and by then I felt I had had 10 cans of Red Bull and my legs were still jelly.

“It didn’t go to plan – I was looking to throw slightly further in the first round but I scraped through and I feel I turned it round.”

She qualified with a throw of 57.70m – enough to see her through, but a long way from her personal best of 63.11.

In the final, alongside Falkirk primary PE teacher Susan McKelvie, Perkins was given a rapturous reception from a packed Hampden and improved on her previous day. It was not quite enough to join McKelvie and Commonwealth record holder Sultana Frizzell in the latter stages.

The final is narrowed from 12 to eight after the first three throws and Myra finished tenth.

“I’m obviously very pleased after (Sunday) – it wasn’t what the plan had been.

“(On Sunday) the crowd reception was mind-blowing. You know it’ll be big, but not as big as it was.

“On the final I was the last to be introduced because I was throwing 12th and was just waiting for it after the other Scottish girls got it. I had friends and family there with flags and face paints and it’s just been a great experience.

“I am really pleased to have gone out and thrown a lot better – obviously I am very disappointed I was so close to making the cut.

“I was pleased with my last throw – it was better – but I watched it hit the tape so I knew it was potentially just short.”

“But I made it, I made the final and that was my objective. I’d have loved to have made the top eight but I feel I can go away happy.”.