If Jarrod Bannister delivers on his undoubted potential and wins a medal in the javelin at the London Games, it will be a triumph through self-inflicted adversity.
By Bannister's own admission, hardly anyone wanted anything to do with him in the vital lead-up period to the Olympics.
The Commonwealth champion was slapped with a six-month ban by the Australian and Victorian institutes of sport late last year for breaching their codes of conduct.
In a separate incident, Bannister was handed a suspended three-month competitive ban by Athletics Australia (AA) after being found guilty of a string of driving offences.
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