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Young Englishman Sets Sights on London Games

Teenager Chris Adcock may not be figuring in next month's Olympics in Beijing, but the 18-year-old is already making plans to be part of the party at the 2012 London Games.

Adcock has just completed his A Level examinations in Nottingham and has moved to the country's National Badminton Centre (NBC) in Milton Keynes to start the long journey that he hopes will lead to a place on the Great Britain team for the 2012 Olympics.

The NBC is the elite training centre for Britain's leading badminton players and Adcock will receive top-class coaching as well as the chance to spar with world-class compatriots.

"Moving to Milton Keynes was an amazing opportunity for me," he told MK News. "To receive the standard of coaching I now get is fantastic. It's truly a world-class environment and I'm enjoying every single minute.

"London 2012 is my main goal - my journey starts here and the clock is ticking. Watching the Beijing Games will be such an inspiration and it will only motivate me to win a gold medal in front of a home crowd in 2012."

Adcock's fledging badminton career almost never took off when he was 15 because of an on-court injury that kept him out of the game for almost one year.

However, he bounced back strongly with a mixed doubles silver medal at the World Junior Championships and gold in the Junior European Championship.

That raised hopes of a possible place in the Beijing Olympics, but Adcock is willing to wait for a few years.

Adcock trains regularly with Olympic mixed doubles silver medalists Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson, being one of 12 young players who are funded by sponsors Atos Origin.

He has won a record number of tournaments at junior level and is now ready to develop his game and start making an impact against the seniors.

"My usual day consists of six hours of training - a combination of on-court and gym training. It's tiring but what I have to do," he said.

"I used to play for Leicester City juniors but had to make the decision between football and badminton if I was going to excel at one of them. My badminton career doesn't really allow for much else."

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