Zara looking forward to main event at last

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ZARA Phillips hopes it can be a case of third time lucky after being selected for her Olympics debut.

Phillips, the Queen’s granddaughter, has been chosen alongside William Fox-Pitt, Mary King, Piggy French and Tina Cook in the London 2012 Great Britain eventing team.

She would have been at the 2004 and 2008 Games, but injuries to her world title-winning horse Toytown dashed those hopes.

Phillips, 31, has been picked for London on High Kingdom, and she said: “It’s awesome to be given this opportunity.

“I am really excited and can’t wait to kick on and get him there. Hopefully, we will make it this time.

“High Kingdom is a pretty cool, very relaxed kind of guy. He is improving all the time. He’s pretty pony-like, a nippy little jumper and easy to manoeuvre, so hopefully it will suit him well in Greenwich.”

Phillips will emulate her mother, the Princess Royal, who competed at the 1976 Montreal Games, while her father Captain Mark Phillips was a team gold medallist at Munich in 1972 and then won silver in Seoul 16 years later.

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MONIQUE Gladding will compete at her first Olympics just 18 months after she almost died following a freak accident at a diving competition in Russia.

The City of Sheffield diver had to be dragged from the bottom of the diving pool after she hit her head on the concrete 10m platform and plummeted unconscious into the water.

She was left with a large scar across the top of her scalp and thought her Olympic dream was in tatters until this call-up.

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TEAM GB weightlifting head coach Tamas Feher is confident the five lifters selected for the Olympic Games will do themselves and Great Britain proud this summer.

Zoe Smith, Natasha Perdue, Gareth Evans, Peter Kirkbride and Jack Oliver will represent the home nations at ExCeL in London from July 28 to August 7.

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GREAT Britain performance director Rob McCracken is convinced his London 2012 Olympic boxing team can achieve a medal haul to rank alongside the best in history.

The full team compromises Andrew Selby, Luke Campbell, Josh Taylor, Thomas Stalker, Fred Evans, Anthony Ogogo, Anthony Joshua, Nicola Adams, Natasha Jones and world champion Savannah Marshall.