Danvers out of the Games
NATASHA Danvers recently made a fleeting appearance on BBC's Great British Menu.
She was one of the Olympic-standard guests at the final banquet.
But very few viewers might have known who she was, as she has been off the athletics radar for two years.
And now the 400m hurdler, a member of Croydon Harriers, has finally had to admit defeat in her bid to compete in her home city's Olympic Games, having left behind her son, Jaden, now seven, in America to fulfil her dreams.
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Now, the Olympic bronze medallist from 2008, who made the final of the World Championships in 2007, hopes to focus on a broadcasting career.
The Croydon Harrier, who trains with Malcolm Arnold's group in Bath, was dragged into the UK trials last weekend anyway.
She retired a week before last weekend's trials and said before them: "[Sprinter] Joice Maduaka wants me to help her on the Saturday and Jack Green [400m hurdles] has demanded I go on Sunday to watch him."
She told the Advertiser three years ago that Kelly Holmes had been her "inspiration" to carry on for London, as the middle distance runner had finally won gold at the age of 34 in 2008.
Danvers is now 34, but an Achilles injury has killed her hopes.
"I've had a long battle with injury," said Danvers. "I would get one injury and get one week behind, then another three weeks behind and then I just got too far behind."