BROOMHOUSE judoka James Millar has vowed to make up for his European Championship heartache when he takes on the world in Paris next week – insisting his injury worries are now a thing of the past.
The 29-year-old was all set to mount an assault on the Europeans back in April, but he was struck down with a knee ligament injury and subsequently spent nearly four months on the sidelines.
Millar has bounced back in style, however, and at the Tallinn World Cup in June – his first competitive action since January – the Edinburgh Judo Club member walked away with bronze. And with a third career World Championships beckoning in the City of Love, Millar is desperate to make up the lost ground with a view to laying down a marker for the London 2012 Olympics.
“I am feeling pretty good going into the World Championships and my preparations over the past ten weeks have gone to plan,” said Millar – who will fight in the -60kg category.
“Tallinn was the first tournament back and I was a bit apprehensive about how it was going to go so to come away with a medal was fantastic considering I was only 50 to 60 per cent ready mentally for it.”
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