Robertson focused on qualification

05 March 2012 / 16:43

British veteran Nathan Robertson returns to one of his favourite championships for the final time this week - but he is not interested in an emotional farewell.

Robertson has only one thing on his mind as he heads to Birmingham for the Yonex All England Open Championships, and that is Olympic qualification.

The 34-year-old, who won mixed-doubles silver with Gail Emms at Athens 2004, is hoping for one final shot at Olympic glory on home soil in London before retiring.

Yet Robertson, now playing alongside Jenny Wallwork, accepts time is running out to secure a place in the Great Britain team for this summer's showpiece.

The complexities of the qualification system mean Robertson and Wallwork are now effectively in a duel with British rivals Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier for one spot in the mixed doubles.

It is likely the pair highest in the world rankings on May 3 will be selected at the other's expense and Adcock and Bankier, at 14, currently have the edge over 18th-placed Robertson and Wallwork.

Robertson said: "It will be nice to play in my last All England.

"But it is not because it is the All England that it is big this year - it is purely on the basis that it has got big points.

"It is all about the amount of points it carries for the Olympic race.

"The only thing that matters this year is where we are in the world come the end of April. It is pretty much a shoot-out between us and the other GB pair."

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