Leatherhead's Chris Langridge is determined to show the world what he is made of after being selected by Team GB for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.

Langridge and his men’s doubles partner Marcus Ellis secured one of the 16 qualification places for their discipline in May, and their spot on the plane to Brazil was confirmed on Monday.

The duo are part of an eight-strong Team GB squad which was unveiled at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes, and Surrey Smashers captain Langridge is champing at the bit to get going.

He said: “It is amazing to be going to Rio. When you are little you want to represent Great Britain in an Olympics and now it has been announced, it shows all of that hard work after so many years has paid off.

"Now I can do what I have always wanted to do, and that is showing the world what I can do on the biggest stage, representing Team GB."

He added: “We realised about three months into the qualifying period that we had a really good chance of qualifying and then thankfully as the year went on, that went from us thinking about it to us saying ‘Hold on, we have an amazing chance here. Come on, we are going to do this.’”

It is the first time since the Athens 2004 Olympic Games that Great Britain has representation across all five disciplines in badminton.

Team GB have won two medals in badminton since its inclusion as a full-medal sport in 1992 – with Simon Archer and Joanne Goode taking bronze at Sydney in 2000, and Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson winning silver four years later in Athens.

Langridge and Ellis are 20th in the world rankings, but showed they could compete with the best at the YONEX All England in March where they beat number three pairing Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang.

Langridge added: “My hopes for Rio are that I want to play well, be in the best shape of my career, put in good performances and compete with everyone that I play against.

“Until the draw is officially made it will be hard to know exactly who we are going to play. The way Marcus and I play works really well against some pairs and not quite as well against other pairs and once the draw is made we will have a better idea.

“We have competed against the best in the world all year so there is no reason why we can’t do that in the Olympics.”

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