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Martin Brockman could miss 2011 World Championships

Martin Brockman
Brockman set a personal best in winning Commonwealth Games bronze

Kent decathlete Martin Brockman fears he will not be able to compete in the 2011 World Championships because the qualification rules have changed.

The 23-year-old from Maidstone won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October.

But the qualifying mark for the event in South Korea has been set at 8,000 points - 300 above Brockman's best.

"They've put the standard up this year to a silly high," Brockman told BBC Radio Kent.

"To be honest I haven't really got much of a goal for 2011 because there's only the World Championships, so really it's just using 2011 as a stepping stone to 2012."

Brockman set his personal best of 7,700 points in Delhi, when he grabbed a place on the podium in the final event, the 1500m.

"I did say that winning a medal at the Commonwealths was beyond me so you never know," he continued.

"Usually what I did in India would be enough for me to qualify for the World Championships but this year they have put the standard up by 300 points, which is quite a lot.

"I have got that goal in the back of my head but if I aim for that and come up just short then I've still had a good year."

Brockman, who represents Medway & Maidstone Athletics Club, has his sights set on winning an Olympic medal at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janiero, rather than London 2012.

"2012 is going to come around a couple of years to early for me in terms of my peak," said Brockman.

"It would be nice to peak at 2012 but my real chance of a medal will be 2016 in Rio.

"I'm at the right age to scrape in and use London as a great experience and I think they'll select me on the potential of getting a medal in 2016."



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