Baku 2015: Muhammad fighting fit after worlds disappointment

12 June 2015 / 13:02

Lutalo Muhammad is ready to seize his chance at the European Games - and make amends for his World Championship disappointment.

The Olympic bronze medallist has struggled with a knee injury in recent weeks, which ruined his chance of a world medal in Russia.

But he insists he's now fighting fight and ready for action with his -80kg event taking place next Thursday.

"I am hugely excited and can't wait to get it on," said Muhammad.

"To be kicking again, feeling good in sessions and in great shape, just five weeks post surgery, I feel very blessed to be in this position.

"I certainly wouldn't be here now but all the help I've received from the medical staff, the coaches and psychologists.

"Let's wait and see what happens next week but what you see from me, you will always see.

"I am going to be the best I can be to bring a gold medal home. I am determined, I am mentally sound and physically feeling very good."

Muhammad is part of a seven strong British taekwondo squad in Baku that includes Olympic champion Jade Jones and recent world champion Bianca Walkden.

And he believes the multi-sport environment will be invaluable in their preparations for next summer's Olympics. 

"You can never prepare 100 percent for an Olympics because there is nothing like it," he added.

"But the more Olympic like experience you can get before Rio, especially for a younger athlete, can only be positive."

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