Bryant aims for Olympic medal

11 May 2012 / 13:33

Great Britain judo heavyweight Karina Bryant will use this weekend's British Open to help get focused for delivering the one thing she craves more than anything else - Olympic success in her final Games.

The 33-year-old Camberley fighter won bronze at the European Championships in Russia last month, and will head to the K2 Crawley this weekend out to fine-tune her preparations for London.

An Olympic medal is all that is missing from Bryant's collection, having also delivered five silver medals from World Championships since 2003.

After battling to overcome a neck injury, which sidelined her for the first half of 2011, Bryant is determined to make this year one to remember.

"It was good to see where I was at, so making it into the further stages of the competition, I feel I can be really pleased with my performance at the European Championships," said Bryant.

"Now, from a mental and physical point of view, being able to get up and perform in front of a British crowd this weekend will be good, because that is what it is hopefully going to be like in London."

Bryant - who has been working with British Cycling psychologist Dr Steve Peters - added: "For me, it is just about keeping my mental skills focused before I fight.

"It is easy to get over-anxious, for your mind to start worrying about all the little things which then makes them into big problems. We train every day and it is just a matter of controlling any anxiousness and trying to put them into positive thoughts."

British Judo's 28-strong Olympic squad are set to compete in the European Cup event, which will see leading Scottish fighter Euan Burton looking to make an impact having suffered a disappointing early exit in Russia.

Fellow Edinburgh judoka Sarah Clark, who finished in fifth place at the European Championships, will also compete on Sunday in the under-57kg event.