JUDO giant Chris Sherrington gets his eagerly-awaited Olympic campaign underway tomorrow [Friday].
Twenty-eight-year-old Sherrington – born and raised in Wigan but now a 45 Commando Royal Marine based in Arbroath, Scotland – will feature in the heaviest of all the men’s classes – the +100kg.
Sherrington, the first heavyweight athlete to compete for Team GB at Judo in 20 years, said: “I’m looking good at the moment – I’m fit and very, very mobile.
“I’m just as strong as I was when I was bigger but I am also much quicker which is very important.
“It is hard to say who I’ll be watching out for because we’re talking about the top 24 guys in the world – it is a complete luck of the draw in the way the fights will be marked up so I’ve just been concentrating on my training during the last few weeks.”
Sherrington, who has been married to Zoe for a year, joined the Marines at 17 years old and began his judo career at 21 after looking for a sporting outlet following a tour of Iraq.
He qualified for the British Trials that year and by the end of the competition was ranked third in Britain, resulting in the Royal Marines offering him a full time sports draft.
Now a three-times GB champion and two-times British Open winner, Sherrington took the gold medal at the World Cup in Samoa in November last year, qualifying him for Olympic selection.