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Colin Oates puts his London 2012 hopes aside

Colin Oates
Oates trains at Kumo Judo Club in Thetford

Norfolk judo player Colin Oates says he will not think about London 2012 until he wins a major championship medal.

The 27-year-old from North Lopham heads into September's world championships in Japan still looking to make a mark on the international scene.

He told BBC Radio Norfolk: "If I won a world medal, then [the 2012 Olympics] would become a big focus.

"I'd think, 'hang on a minute, I can do something'. But I want those other medals first."

Oates appeared at the world championships in 2007 and 2009, but failed to make an impact at either.

Tokyo on 9 September is, by his own admission, a make-or-break tournament for the British under-66kg number one.

"I want to set myself a target of medals. You shouldn't be in the event unless you're targeting them," he said.

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