London 2012: GB weightlifter Peter Kirkbride hopes for injury-free 2012
Scotland's Commonwealth silver medallist Peter Kirkbride says he is confident he can attain the Olympic 'A' standard ahead of London 2012.
The 94kg lifter has endured an injury-plagued 14 months since his success in Delhi , but made an impressive return at the Olympic test event last weekend.
"This is just a taster of what's to come," said Kirkbride, who achieved an Olympic 'B' standard total of 320kg.
"I've just got to stay injury free and keep doing the hard work next year."
“ I'm hoping to have five athletes qualify at the Olympic 'A' standard. It's going to be tough, but there are a number of lifters in contention”
Kirkbride missed Great Britain's record-breaking World Championship campaign in November after sustaining an ankle injury at the Commonwealth Championships in South Africa, where he won a silver medal .
"It was a thing I had to do," Kirkbride told BBC Sport.
"If I'd have gone I could have been out for even longer, so I had to take the decision and deal with it. I heard people did well and I would have loved to have been part of it, but I made the sacrifice to be 100% fit."
After sampling the competition stage at London's ExCel Centre , the venue for Olympic weightlifting, Kirkbride is in no doubt that he wants to return next year.
"I've done it [the Olympic 'B' standard] four times this year and been injured, so what am I going to do when fully fit?" said Kirkbride. "If I could hit a 339kg total ['A' standard], which is just three kilos off my best, then I'd be happy.
"Just to qualify to go to the Olympics, to be the first Olympian from my club [Kilmarnock] and to be an Olympian for GB would be a great honour and a dream.""