Two more city athletes book London 2012 places

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JAVELIN thrower Mervyn Luckwell and table tennis player Andrew Baggaley are the latest Milton Keynes athletes to book their places at the London Olympics this summer – taking the tally to four so far.

Luckwell won the men’s javelin at the Loughborough International competition on Sunday with an Olympic ‘A’ standard qualifying throw of 82.15m.

With two ‘B’ standard throws already under his belt this season, that puts the 27-year-old well clear of his British rivals, with no one else having yet thrown over 76m. And with one month to go before the Olympic Trials, and three places up for grabs, Luckwell is all but guaranteed to wear the red, white and blue of Team GB in London this summer.

Also at the Loughborough meet, Chris Clarke improved his chances of making the athletics team when he won the 200m in 21.14s.

Meanwhile table tennis ace Baggaley has been selected as part of Team GB’s three-man squad which will take on the world’s best in London. The 29-year-old missed out on the one individual spot up for grabs but will join Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford in the team event.

Luckwell and Baggaley join long-jump star Greg Rutherford and handball team captain Bobby White in representing the city and their country at the Games.