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Dos Santos has experience in his corner
16:10 AEST Fri Jun 22 2012

With Daniel Kelly and Maria Pekli in his corner, Australian judoka Ivo Dos Santos knows what it takes to get to the top.

The 26-year-old Dos Santos, who combines judo with his job as a baggage handler at Melbourne Airport, punched his ticket to his first Olympics after winning the less than 66 kilogram class at the recent Oceania championships.

Dos Santos says Kelly and his wife Pekli, who is a bronze medallist from Sydney 2000, both provided terrific support during his two-year quest to qualify.

And since the team was named in April he has gained lots of valuable knowledge about what to expect at the Olympics.

"They have been just fantastic," Dos Santos says.

Dos Santos says he is battle-hardened after a two-year qualification campaign and hopeful of progressing far in the tournament.

"I know that if I do my best anything can happen on the day," Dos Santos says.

Kelly is not only Dos Santos's coach, the 34-year-old is also heading to London for his fourth Olympic games as an athlete, having competed in Beijing (2008), Athens (2004) and Sydney (2000).

Carli Renzi, Arnie Dickens and Jake Andrewartha have been picked for their first Olympics.

And Mark Anthony has stepped up to the less than 90 kilogram class for London after competing in the less than 81 kilogram class at Beijing.

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