OHARU, Aichi Pref. (Kyodo) Keiji Suzuki, the Athens Olympic super heavyweight judo champion, said on Friday he will aim to compete at the 2012 London Olympics.

Suzuki, who claimed the gold medal in the men’s over 100-kg category in Athens in 2004 but saw disappointment four years later with a first-round exit in the men’s 100 kg class at the Beijing Olympics, said he is training with the London Games in mind.

“Basically, I have to take it year by year but since I am still active I will set my sights on London,” the 28-year-old Suzuki said at a junior high school in Aichi Prefecture.

Suzuki was hoping to win gold in two weight categories last year but lost his first match to eventual gold-medal winner Tuvshinbayar Naidan of Mongolia before crashing out in the repechage.

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