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Olympic Profile: Winston Gordon
11:48am Thursday 26th July 2012 in Olympic Profiles
Name: Winston Gordon
Event: Judo - 90kg
Location: Excel Centre, London
Time: August 1, 9:30am - Judo Men's 90 kg Elimination Rounds
Local Link: Winston lives in Tooting and was schooled and now coaches at Ernest Bevin School, also in Tooting.
Career Best: His biggest achievement is the Commonwealth Games gold he won in 2002.
Career High: Winston competed in the men's 90kg judo category at the Beijing 2008 Olympics - he also narrowly missed a bronze four years earlier in Athens.
Sporting Background: Gordon took up judo aged 13, and gained his black belt just three years later. He has cited his first coach, Simon Hicks, as his biggest influence on his career.
He Says: "Third time lucky? If I can come away with a medal, I will. As long as the fire’s still burning. Once that flame goes, that’ll be the finish of me. I’m getting on now, and obviously there’s a few youngsters coming through trying to nick my place. But as long as I’m still firing, nationally and internationally, I’m going to keep going."
We Say: "After a long career spanning more than decade, this is probably Gordon's last chance to get a medal - a gold in last European Cup means he is on form to achieve his dream."