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Team GB's Max Carter ends Tokyo Olympics bid after seizure

Max Carter, seen as a Great Britain medal hopeful at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, abandons his bid to reach the next Games due to a recent health scare.

Max Carter has insisted that he 'had to put his health first' after abandoning his bid to reach the 2020 Olympics due to a seizure.

The 20-year-old collapsed last month while attempting to hit his weight target and has now resigned from Great Britain's Taekwondo setup.

Carter, ranked 17th in the world rankings and seen as a Team GB medal hopeful for the Tokyo Games, has now explained the reasons behind his "heartbreaking" decision to leave behind his Olympics hopes.

"I had to put my health first," he told BBC Sport. "The last three months have been mentally the worst of my life and stopping is heartbreaking as I've always dreamt of going to the Olympics.

"Because of the tonsillitis I was basically eating just liquid foods as my throat was so painful and I was also trying to lose weight so I was really weak.

"I was going to the doctors to pick up more antibiotics and the next thing I remember is being in the ambulance going to hospital. They said I had a seizure and basically a fit for about 10 minutes and at that point I said 'I'm not doing this to myself anymore'."

Carter has now taken on a job as a sales executive after quitting the GB Taekwondo academy in Manchester and returning to his family home in Southampton.

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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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