Carl Myerscough

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Carl Myerscough
Personal information
Full name Carl Myerscough
Nickname(s) The Blackpool Tower
Nationality British
Born (1979-10-21) 21 October 1979 (age 35)
Hambleton, Lancashire
Height 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight 160 kg (25 st)[1]
Country  United Kingdom
Sport Discus throw and Shot put
University team University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Partner Melissa Price
Updated on 31 July 2012.

Carl Myerscough (pronounced Myers/co) (born 21 October 1979 in Hambleton, Lancashire) is an English athlete. He specialises in the Shot put event and is the British record holder as of 2012.[2] At the university level, Myerscough competed for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he held several records and won several NCAA Championships.[3]


In 1999, Myerscough's record was tarnished when he tested positive for "a cocktail of banned substances" and was subsequently banned from competing for two years, and banned for life from the Olympics. The Olympic ban was subsequently overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport[2] and he represented Team GB at the 2012 Olympics in London.[2] Myerscough placed 29th in the qualifying rounds and did not progress further.[1][4]

He has always denied knowingly taking drugs and believed he was a victim of sabotage.[5] Myerscough is married to the American athlete Melissa Price, who was also banned at one time as a result of drug use in connection with the BALCO scandal.[6]

In 2002 he broke the British indoor shot put record and in 2003, the outdoor record. Both records were previously held by Geoff Capes since the late 1970s. Myerscough has improved his distances since then—his current personal best is 21.92 metres. Myercough's nickname is "The Blackpool Tower"[2] in reference to his height of 2.09m/6'10".

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  1. ^ a b c "Carl Myerscough". BBC Olympics. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Carl Myerscough makes ferry dash for Olympic qualification bid". BBC. 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  3. ^ "Carl Myerscough Biography". University of Nebraska. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  4. ^ "Myerscough finally gets shot at glory... but Olympic debut ends in disappointment". The Daily Mail. 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  5. ^ Mackay, Duncan (2004-01-13). "Myerscough's wife positive for THG". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-08-04. 
  6. ^ "BALCO investigation: Key players". USA Today. 2006-04-27. Retrieved 2012-08-04.