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Anthony Ogogo Achieves His Dream, Eyes Olympic Games

Anthony Ogogo has become the seventh Great Britain boxer to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games after a convincing victory in the final qualifying tournament in Trabzon.

The Lowestoft 23-year-old, who only recently returned from a shoulder injury sustained in last September's World Championships, beat Vitali Bandarenka of Belarus 14-7 in their middleweight semi-final.

Great Britain could yet match the eight qualifiers who made it to Beijing four years ago, with light-heavyweight Callum Smith facing an anxious wait to discover whether he has done enough.

Smith was beaten 16-14 by Azerbaijan's Vatan Huseynli, but with three qualifying places in his category, Smith will still qualify if Huseynli beats Turkey's Bahram Muzaffer in their final on Saturday.

Ogogo said: "I always knew if I got myself fully fit and free from injury then I could compete with the best in the world. It will be a dream come true to represent Great Britain in a home Olympics.

"It's been a long, hard journey to get this far but I have qualified now so my focus is going to be all about getting back in the gym, working hard, listening to the coaches and doing everything I can to be successful at the Olympics."

Ogogo is the second British fighter to get through in Trabzon following the success of Lochend lightweight Josh Taylor earlier this week. Andrew Selby, Luke Campbell, Thomas Stalker, Fred Evans and Anthony Joshua have already qualified.

The women's qualifiers will not be determined until the World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China in May.

Nicola Adams, Natasha Jonas and Savannah Marshall are all targeting a place at the Games.

Ireland will send a team of five men's boxers to the Games after welterweight Adam Nolan booked his place with a 19-10 semi-final win over Romania's experienced Ionut Gheorghe.

Nolan joins Beijing bronze medallist Paddy Barnes - who also qualified this week - Darren O'Neill, John Joe Nevin and Michael Conlan in the Irish team, but Belfast heavyweight Tommy McCarthy missed out.

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