ATHLETICS: I gave it my best to make Olympics, says Nathan Douglas

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NATHAN Douglas insists he has no regrets despite falling short in fulfilling his dream of competing at a third Olympics.

The Oxford City triple jumper was left out of Great Britain’s team for this summer’s Games in Rio on Wednesday.

He was unable to achieve automatic selection for Brazil, ticking two of the three boxes needed, with one qualifying jump of 16.85m in the bag and winning the British Championships.

But Douglas could not jump the distance once more to make sure of his place, despite last-minute attempts at the European Championships, in Amsterdam, and the Guldendensporen meeting, in Belgium.

The 33-year-old’s season had been hampered by a pinched knee and tight calf, which restricted him to three competitions before the British Championships.

But Douglas said he could not have given more to earn his place and add to his appearances at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

“I gave it my absolute best shot,” he said.

“There are no regrets.

“It is a little frustrating because I know it is down to rust – it is hard to find that rhythm.”

With his fate in the hands of the selectors, Douglas knew his chances of making Rio were minute after last weekend.

When asked if any part of him felt he would make the team, he said: “Half a per cent, if I am honest.

“I have been in this game long enough to know how British Athletics work and I did not have much faith they would have faith in me.”

Douglas, who set up his own company last year called Jump Your Performance, which specialises in mindset coaching, was not the only triple jumper to be left at home, with no male or female athletes selected to compete in the discipline.

He added: “It is how British Athletics work.

“They want to take a team of people who can make the top eight and that means people who are a banker for a medal and there are not many in the team that can do that.

“It is a little bit of a shame because you are taking that underdog element away.

“I did not expect them to take any triple jumpers.”

Despite missing out on Rio, the Birmingham-based athlete says he has been humbled by the recent support received by people in Oxfordshire.

He said: “I would like to thank all the people of Oxford who showed me so much love on social media.

“I really appreciate it.

“When you do this sport it can be quite lonely, but knowing I have their full support helps me so much.”

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