Harvey determined to put struggles behind him for Rio bid

30 January 2015 / 17:19

Taekwondo fighter Michael Harvey has his eyes on a fresh start in 2015, starting with a first ever appearance at the Bosnia Open in Sarajevo.

After an impressive junior career, Harvey finished seventh on his Olympic Games debut back at Beijing 2008, aged 18.

Further success would follow with silver at the 2011 World Championships in Gyeongju before he was crowned -63kg European champion in front his home crowd in Manchester three years ago.

However he has struggled for form in the last 12 months, falling down the rankings as a result.

This weekend’s trip to Sarajevo represents his first outing of 2015, and he is the oldest of the seven-strong Team GB squad selected.

But while the next few months will not be easy, a reinvigorated Harvey is determined to give it his best shot in order to try and make the team for Rio 2016.

"I am under no illusions how tough it is going to be," said Harvey.

"However, I am up for the challenge. If, at the end of the year, it's not good enough then at least I will know I couldn't have given anymore.

“Last year was probably my worst since I came into the GB Academy. Everything just snowballed and I still had things on my mind, worrying about what had gone wrong in the previous tournament, when I was at a new event.

"Hopefully, now I am back on track and clear in my mind what I need to do. I have worked hard in training and now is the time to put it into practice."

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