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Back to basics for Burton

Scottish judo star Euan Burton admits 2009 has been a year of consolidation but is adamant he will reap the long term benefits at London 2012.

GB judo was subject to huge restructuring this year with a new French head coach Patrick Roux brought in after the squad failed to deliver a single medal at the Beijing Olympics.

Roux's arrival has seen Burton shun airport lounges and international competitions in favour of honing his technique.

And the 30-year-old - who has world and European bronze medals to his name – insists this year’s fine tuning will be the secret to breaking his Olympic medal duck.

"It's been a bit of a foundation year for me and for GB judo as a whole this year and I think it has been a good one," said Burton.

"Sometimes as an athlete you have so many tournaments and events that you just spend a lot of time competing and not actually looking or working on your technique.

"This year I haven't done as much of that at all. And I feel like I have really developed well and hopefully I can take that into next year at the World Championships and then kick on to London 2012.

"For anyone in judo the Olympics are the pinnacle of the sport and while I have won medals in the world and European championships to get on the podium at an Olympics in London would be amazing."



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