World champion hurdler Dai Greene just missed out on the medals at London 2012 tonight (Monday) finishing fourth in the 400m hurdles final in the Olympic Stadium.
Although he finished strongly, Dai, who is coached by Malcolm Arnold, UK Athletics National Events Coach Hurdles, couldn’t quite do enough to secure a podium place.
“I gave it everything I had tonight, there was a bit better structure to my race, but I was a bit too tired and at the end of the day I narrowly missed out,” he said.
“I couldn’t start where I wanted. I ran a PB a couple of weeks ago, but I think I was lacking some endurance and I was found wanting a little bit. The endurance wasn’t really there for the rounds. The guys really pulled something out tonight.”
Colin Jackson, former World Champion and BBC pundit, said: “Dai Greene will be bitterly disappointed that he hasn’t got a medal but I can tell you it was a very, very fast final.
“We know that Dai has suffered from injury problems which has hampered his preparations and I can’t help thinking that maybe this race came two weeks too early for him.”
Dai crossed the finishing line in 48.24, with gold going to Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic in 47.63. He is scheduled to return to action for Team GB in the 4x400m relay. The heats are on Thursday (9 August).
Earlier there was disappointment for Eilidh Child, who like Dai is making her Olympic debut in London. She finished fifth in her semi-final of the 400m hurdles, missing out on a place in the final.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) sees another of Malcolm Arnold’s young athletes make their Olympic debut. Lawrence Clarke and Andrew Pozzi compete in the 110m hurdles heats, which take place at 10.10am, aiming for a place in Wednesday’s semis.
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Medals won by GB athletes with University of Bath links
Silver: Michael Jamieson (Sports Performance) – swimming, 200m breaststroke
Gold: Heather Stanning (Sports Technology) & Helen Glover – rowing, women’s pair
Silver: Gemma Gibbons (Sports Performance) – judo, under-78kg
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