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LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS: Yamile Aldama laughs off "Plastic Brit" jibes

Medal hopeful Aldama laughs off 'Plastic Brit' jibes after her triple jump to Team GB


All smiles: Yamile Aldama

All smiles: Yamile Aldama

Yamile Aldama would love to win an Olympic gold medal for Britain in London.

She would love to have won one for Cuba in 2000 and for Sudan in 2004.

To some minds, the triple jumper from Wembley via Havana and Khartoum is a 'plastic Brit'. The suggestion makes her laugh.

'That's my answer, I laugh,' she said. 'I didn't come to Britain for athletics. I fell in love and wanted to start a new life.

'If anybody had a choice they would say, “I want to compete for my own country” but Cuba did not give me that choice. I didn't get my British passport when I should have or I'd never have competed for Sudan.'

On Saturday at the Indoor UK Trials in Sheffield she bids to win a GB place for next month's world indoors.

Sailor Ben Ainslie will face no further punishment for an incident in December's World Championships which saw him board a media boat to confront the crew.