Mark Lewis-Francis sets his sights on the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 after missing London 2012 with a leg injury.

Lewis-Francis won a gold medal in the Athens Olympic games in 2004 in the 4x100 relay with Marlon Devonish, Darren Campbell and Jason Gardener.

The 31-year-old has enjoyed other successes in major competitions, picking up bronze medals in the 2005 and 2007 World Championships for the 4x100 relay, as well as gold in the European Championships in 2006.

Lewis-Francis most recently won gold in the 2010 Commonwealth games in Delhi for the relay and also picked up a silver medal in the 100m sprint.

The sprinter admits his injury disappointed has made him more determined to make it to Rio.

Lewis-Francis told BBC Sport:  "My dreams of competing in London 2012 were shattered because of an injury to my leg.

"I was absolutely devastated but it has made me more determined to succeed and make sure I don't miss out on the next Olympics.

"I feel revitalised and back in shape and more than anything pleased to be returning back to Birmingham.

"The Jamaican athletes held their training camps in the city and, if it was good enough for Usain Bolt, then it's good enough for me too."

The Brit has recently returned to Birmingham from London to train and he believes being close to his family and friends will help him reach the best form of his career. 

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