Bryant determined to break Olympic duck

25 July 2012 / 16:53

Great Britain judo heavyweight Karina Bryant is determined to finally do herself justice at London 2012, which could be a last shot at Olympic glory.

The 33-year-old Camberley fighter has delivered five silver medals from World Championships, but a place on the Olympic podium has proved elusive in her previous three Games.

Bryant, though, is feeling confident this time will prove different as she looks to build on a bronze medal from the 2012 European Championships in Russia after fighting her way back to fitness from a neck injury.

"Last year I was out for about six months, so I have really been playing catch-up," Bryant told Press Association Sport. "I had my own personal target of getting back into the top eight of the world rankings so I would be seeded for the London Games, but just missed out on that.

"Things, though, have been going well in training, so I feel in a good way."

Bryant - who has been working with British Cycling psychologist Dr Steve Peters - added: "I guess it is unfinished business because it has been my dream to get that Olympic medal.

"This will be my fourth Olympics, and the last two Games were not really successful as I would have liked, where I did not perform to my potential.

"That is another goal for me, to do myself justice and finally perform to my potential. If I can do that, then I will be able to walk away from London 2012 happy."