British fencer qualifies for Beijing Olympics

Alex O’Connell has qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the Men’s Sabre Competition. He finished second in the European Olympic Qualifying Competition in Istanbul.

While other athletes train full-time Alex balances his training with university at Cambridge.

“I am very excited to have qualified and been selected for the Beijing Olympics. My long-term goal has always been to win a medal at London 2012. On deciding to accept a place at Cambridge, I accepted that this decision would not lend itself to qualifying for Beijing, but fortunately this has not been the case.

“Consequently, I’m very grateful to British Fencing for giving me the opportunity to qualify and for the support they’ve given me. I’m also indebted to my family, coaches and training partners. I’m so pleased that I’ve been able to repay the faith that has been shown in me.

“It will be an honour to participate in Beijing as part of Team GB and it will provide a fantastic stepping stone towards London 2012.”

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Posted by Mike 11 years ago

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