Marine’s Olympic call-up

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A MARINE from Arbroath-based 45 Commando will be representing Great Britain in judo at the Olympic Games next month.

Chris Sherrington (28), who is ranked 52 in the world, will be competing in the men’s over 100kg category and will be the first heavyweight in 20 years to represent Great Britain at an Olympics.

Originally from Billinge, Lancashire, Chris is currently on a full-time judo sports draft, training at Ratho near Edinburgh.

He joined the Royal Marines when he was 17 years old and started his competition judo career at 21.

The Royal Marines became aware of his triumph in judo and the next year offered Chris a full-time sports draft.

With only six months full-time training under his belt he competed again at the British trials, winning it and becoming the best over 100kg judo player in Britain.

Chris is a three times British champion and two times British Open champion and continued his impressive performance, with the Royal Marines and Royal Navy continuing to support him on his sports draft.

In November, 2011, he took the gold medal at the World Cup in Samoa, which qualified him for selection to be considered for the 2012 London Judo Olympic Team.

Chris said: “I’m naturally delighted to be selected for the Great Britain Olympic judo team for 2012.

“This is the best achievement of my career in judo and will surely be an experience I’ll never forget.

“I’ve been building up to this with high hopes for eight years so it’s an amazing feeling for the dream to come true.”