Lascau backs British Judo to medal

16 June 2012 / 16:11

British Judo performance director Daniel Lascau believes Team GB can grab an Olympic medal in London this summer.

A podium place would represent a significant achievement after Lascau was drafted in to revive a British team he admits was in crisis following last summer's World Championships.

Britain failed to deliver a medal in Paris following which the entire elite coaching staff was replaced in a last-ditch bid to ensure a credible Olympic performance.

Romania-born Lascau, who won gold at the 1991 World Championships, was tasked with the unenviable job of reviving fortunes but seven months on he believes an Olympic medal is now within his team's grasp.

Half-middleweight Euan Barton is the man most likely to fulfil that potential, despite a disappointing European Championships in April, while 33-year-old heavyweight Karina Bryant added a European bronze, to her career haul of five World Championships silvers, in Russia.

"If we are realistic then we can win a medal at the Olympics with hopefully two top-eight places, maybe even three," Lascau told Press Association Sport.

"We are definitely on track from when I started to where we want to be now.

"It was a crisis when I arrived. It was a very hard situation that had to be changed.

"There has been a lot to change in a very short time since then. I had to be very direct with the coaches and the athletes but that was part of the job.

"Since then I have to give credit to everyone for the way they have responded. I have to give a huge mention to the coaches as well as the players."