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GB trio named in 2012 taekwondo squad
Jade Jones, Martin Stamper and Sarah Stevenson will represent Great Britain in taekwondo at the London Olympics, but the fourth place in the team remains open.
The British Olympic Association have named Jones, Stamper and Stevenson in the squad, originally due to be named last week, but have asked GB Taekwondo to take another look at their decision to name Lutalo Muhammad ahead of Aaron Cook.
Cook is due to be ranked number one in the world ahead of the Games, while Muhammad, 21, would need to drop down a weight class in order to take part.
Jones, 19, will compete in the -57kg class, the 25-year-old Stamper in the -68kg, and Stevenson, 29, in the -67kg.
Stevenson, the reigning world champion, won bronze at the Beijing Olympics and will be heading to her fourth Games.
"This will be my fourth Olympics and me and the sport have come a long way since my first Games," Stevenson said. "When I went to Sydney in 2000, I was only 17 and hardly anyone knew what taekwondo was. But that's all changed and I don't even think you can class it as a so-called minority sport anymore."
Stamper is an eight-time British champion and took bronze at the World Championships in 2011, when he also collected gold at the US, German and British Opens. This will be his first Olympics.
"The support is going to be amazing," he said. "Even at the European Championships in Manchester recently the atmosphere was crazy. I looked at the crowd celebrating after winning my second-round fight and there must have been about a thousand people on their feet screaming.
"That was in a smaller arena with a lot less people than will be watching in London, so I can't imagine what the Olympics is going to be like."
Jones will also be making her Olympic debut, but will head into the competition as the reigning youth Olympic champion, taking the title in Singapore in 2010. She said: "I'm buzzing. I got hooked on the Olympics after watching Beijing in 2008 and I remember thinking I wanted to be there and part of it. Now I will be, and that's an incredible feeling for me."