MERVYN Luckwell’s Olympic adventure unfortunately came to an early end on Wednesday night when he was knocked out of the men’s javelin competition at the qualifying round stage.
Going into the event with a season’s best throw of 82.15m, the 27-year-old Marshall Milton Keynes AC man was more than capable of reaching the final on Saturday, with the automatic qualification set at 82m.
Only seven athletes reached that mark, but after throwing 74.09m and recording two no throws, Luckwell – who looked uneasy with a heavily bandaged right knee – could not make the top 12 and his Games came to an early end.
Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway – the reigning Olympic champion – eased into the final with a best of 84.47m, but it was Vítezslav Vesely of the Czech Republic who led the way in qualifying with the longest throw in the world this year at 88.34m.
Luckwell received fantastic support from his home crowd, but he was clearly in some discomfort and wasn’t able to get anywhere near his personal best of 83.52m.