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Team GB awarded 14 judo places for the 2012 Olympics

Euan Burton
Burton is aiming to be selected for Team GB for the London Games

Team GB will have 14 judo players at the 2012 Olympics after being awarded host nation qualification places by the British Olympic Association (BOA).

The BOA determines which sports and athletes are given automatic places for the London Games depending on their competitiveness.

Seven women and seven men will represent Team GB in London.

"This is an excellent opportunity to build a strong team." said British judo performance director Margaret Hicks.

She continued: "We can be selective on which International Judo Federation qualifying events our players compete in. This will allow our players to arrive at the Games much stronger than previously."

At the 2008 Olympics in China, GB took a seven-strong team with a target of two medals, but their best results were two seventh-place finishes.

GB's best 2012 medal hope Euan Burton, who is ranked fourth in the world in the under 81kg category, said: "Judo kicks off the Games during the first week and we will be aiming to make the country proud.

"I am doing everything I can to prepare myself to be in the best possible shape. I will strive to continue putting in world-class performances to gain selection for Team GB."

Judo joins table tennis, handball, volleyball and weightlifting as sports that have been handed host nation automatic qualification places.

Basketball has also been offered a place by the BOA, but it is subject to approval by the sport's world governing body Fiba, with a decision expected this weekend.



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