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Martin Brockman eyes 2016 Olympic Games medal

England's Martin Brockman

England's Brockman takes bronze in decathlon

Kent decathlete Martin Brockman has set his sights on the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics after winning bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The 22-year-old snatched third place from England team-mate Kevin Sempers in the final event, the 1500m.

"Most of our top athletes go to their first Commonwealth Games and then win their Olympic medals six years later," Brockman told BBC Radio Kent.

"I'm really looking at winning a medal in Rio in 2016."

Brockman, from Maidstone, who set a personal best of 7,700 points in Delhi, also has the ambition of setting one of the highest ever scores by a British decathlete.

"My plan is to first to become the fourth decathlete in Britain to score 8,000 points," he said. "This year my aim was to score 7,500, so to get 7,700 that easily I'm thinking now that 8,000 isn't going to be as hard as I thought.

"Alex Kruger is third on the all-time list with 8,100 and if I can beat that I might have a go at Dean Macey [second with 8,603 points].

"Maybe Daley Thompson's record [8,800 points] is a little bit far for me to reach but Dean Macey is just a normal guy so why can't I reach his mark?"

Brockman, who represents Medway and Maidstone Athletics Club, broke onto the national scene as a high jumper but decided to try out other events to keep himself busy.

"I can't just do one event because I get a bit bored doing one thing," he said.

"So I decided to give another couple of events a try. I did hurdles and pole vault and so if you can then learn to throw you can do a decathlon quite well."

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