Stamper: Road to Rio starts in Manchester

24 October 2014 / 10:21

Martin Stamper believes this weekend’s World Taekwondo Grand Prix is the perfect platform to begin his run to Rio 2016.

Stamper, who narrowly missed out on a bronze medal at London 2012, is confident he is close to recapturing his top form in the -68kg division.

The 28-year-old has now fully recovered from an ankle ligament injury and admits that, after a disappointing foray into the -63kg division, he is back where he feels most comfortable ahead of strutting his stuff in Manchester.

"I lost to opponents I should never have done and going back up to -68kg felt really good. There are no more excuses,” he said.

"I am hoping this is the start of my run in towards Rio like it was before 2012."

"I do feel I am back on track. I had a couple of good competitions in Holland and Switzerland where I only lost to some top class players in close fights.

"I have put in the training for the Grand Prix and I will be happy with what I come out with."

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