Date and Place of Birth: 11 April 1986, Felinfoel, Llaneli, Wales
Coached by: Malcolm Arnold
Club: Swansea Harriers
Dai won the 400m hurdles gold at the 2011 World Championships to add the world crown to the European and Commonwealth titles he won the previous year. Dai is one of Wales’ most successful athletes, he’s the second fastest British man ever over the 400m hurdles and the Welsh record holder at 47.84 seconds.
His gold in Daegu, South Korea, was Britain’s first gold of the World Championships and proved to be one of only two golds brought home by the GB team. He became only the seventh British man to win gold in an individual event at an athletics World Championships and his medal was Britain’s 16th gold in World Championships history.
Dai transferred to train at the University of Bath in 2009 to link up with Malcolm Arnold, UK Athletics’ highly experienced National Event Coach – Hurdles.
European Championship gold followed in Barcelona in August 2010 and he collected Commonwealth gold for Wales in Delhi in October 2010.
But he missed out on completing a clean sweep of the top international medals when he finished fourth in the Olympic 400m hurdles final at London 2012, after injury and illness had disrupted his preparations for the Games. He and training partner Jack Green also finsihed fourth in the 4x400m relay.
Dai was a keen footballer and played for Swansea City FC youth, scoring from the penalty spot against Real Madrid’s youth team.
However, he switched to athletics where he had shown much promise, winning the Welsh U13 75m hurdles title.
He has a degree in Sport and Leisure Management from UWIC and is an ambassador for the charity Young Epilepsy.
Selected to represent Wales at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014
4th – Olympic Summer Games, London, 2012
Captain of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team at the Olympic Games in London in 2012
Selected to represent TeamGB at the Olympic Games, London, 2012
Gold – World Championships, Daegu, South Korea, 2011
Gold – European Team Championships, Stockholm, Sweden, 2011
Gold – Commonwealth Games, Delhi, India, 2010
Selected to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games, Delhi, India, 2010
Gold – European Championships, Barcelona, Spain, 2010
Gold – Continental Cup, Split, Croatia, 2010
Silver – World Championships, Berlin, Germany 2009
Gold – European under 23 Championships, Debrecen, Hungary, 2007