London 2012: Andrew Baggaley targets GB Olympic spot

Britain's top table tennis player Andrew Baggaley says he can qualify for the Olympics on merit, rather than relying on a host nation slot.

Eleven competitors will secure a place through a European competition in April, but Britain are guaranteed one player for each gender in London.

"I want to qualify through that tournament," 28-year-old Baggaley told BBC Three Counties Radio .

"If I play to my best I will do. If I play poorly I won't."

OLYMPIC QUALIFICATION

  • GB are guaranteed one singles competitor and a team for each gender
  • Top 28 in the world have already qualified
  • 40 more qualify from continental tournaments - 11 will proceed from Europe's competition in Luxembourg in April
  • Two more players can qualify through a world tournament, which will only include players yet to qualify

The two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist from Milton Keynes usurped Paul Drinkhall at the top of the GB rankings in November, increasing the likelihood he will be selected for 2012.

Britain are also guaranteed one male and female team - each with three players - and Baggaley is intent on making the cut.

"Maybe there's a little bit more rivalry this year because everybody wants their spot in the team event and to get into the singles," he said.

"We're all probably rivals a bit more because everyone wants to get into the Olympic Games.

"I've been playing very well but I'll probably have to raise my game a tad more. I've got to spice my game up a bit.

"I've got to keep focused and keep my body fit and injury free."