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“It’s unbelievable, this is what I’ve been training for all year,” said Taylor. “To win the world title for the fourth time in a row and qualify for the Olympics is amazing.

“For the last couple of years people have been wishing me well for the Olympics and I have had to tell them that I hadn’t qualified yet.

“And there was so much pressure on me going into this competition and it’s just a big relief to finally qualify and to be going into the Olympics as the current world champion.”

Taylor will enjoy a short well earned rest before starting her preparations for London.

She said, “I have a week off now and then I’m back into training. It’s only seven weeks to the Olympics so it’s going to be a hectic few weeks.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to represent my country at the Games and come home with the gold.
“I just thank God that I’m there now and I’m going to prepare the best I can.”
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