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With the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina now just five months away Great Britain had its first confirmed qualifier this week and news that five other young athletes are to participate in the final stage of qualification at the Youth Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Croatia at the end of this month.

Charlotte Hope topped the Youth Olympic qualification standings in the women’s -59kg category.


Charlotte was a clear ranked number one over 700 points clear of her Japanese rival who secured the 2nd automatic qualification berth. The official selection for TEAMGB takes place later this year with Charlotte being the first Great Britain athlete being nominated.

The following athletes have qualified a slot at the forthcoming Youth Olympic Qualification Tournament in Croatia later this month.

Jed Thompson (England) -61kg
Daniel Hewitt (Wales) -68kg
Brandon Carr (England) +68kg

Aimee Pollard (Scotland) -53kg
Lauren Salisbury (England) +59kg

These athletes were the highest ranked GBR athletes in the 2018 Olympic Standings and qualified a quota slot at the qualification tournament provided they met the strict criteria set by the organising committee, each nation is only awarded 1 quota slot in each weight category for this qualification tournament. The competition format is over two days, a separate competition on each day with the top 2 athletes in each weight category on each of the days qualifying a quota slot at the Youth Olympic Games.

British Karate Federation President Roger Williams stated “These athletes have done Great Britain and their home countries proud, congratulations must go to them, their coaches and associations. British Karate have embarked on this Olympic journey and the Youth Olympic Games are a very important part of developing Olympians for the future. There has been a lot of hard work behind the scenes to get the British Karate Federation “up to speed” in meeting the requirements of Olympic participation and that work now continues through for Tokyo 2020”.