Dai Greene and Jack Green progress into semi-finals with fine heat runs
University of Bath-based hurdlers Dai Greene and Jack Green both eased through to today’s semi-finals of the 400m hurdles at the London 2012 Olympics.
The pair are both coached at the university by Malcolm Arnold.
Dai, the reigning world, European and Commonwealth champion, comfortably won his heat in 48.98, while Jack, a sports performance student at the university, followed him into the semis by finishing second in his heat in 49.49.
After his race, Dai said: “At 300 metres there was a massive cheer. It was a fantastic atmosphere.
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“The inside lane was a bit tight, but it was okay. It was a fantastic atmosphere out there – really inspiring.”
The run really impressed Colin Jackson, former 110m hurdles world champion, now working for the BBC.
“It was always going to be difficult in lane one, but Dai is the world champion for a reason,” he said.
“He negotiated the hurdles very well and kept his focus all the way.
“He ran his own race and was rewarded with an easy win.”
Of his own performance, Jack added: “It was a bit of a messy race and I forgot how quick this track is.
“The nerves were fine. I woke up quite nervous, but once I was out there I loved it. The crowd were amazing. Job done.”
The semi-finals take place at 7pm today with the final following at 8.45pm on Monday.
In the swimming pool, 16-year-old Siobahn-Marie O’Connor helped the GB women’s 4x100m medley relay team into tonight’s final.
O’Connor, who trains at the British Swimming Bath Intensive Training Centre, helped Team GB finish fifth in their heat to book a place in the final.
The Great Britain women’s beach volleyball pair of Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin’s first Olympic campaign ended late on Thursday night.
The pair, whose UK training base is at the University of Bath, went through to the ‘lucky loser’ slot, but missed out on a last-16 place when they lost to the Austrian pairing of Doris and Stefanie Schwaiger.
They went down 21-15, 21-12. Mullin said: “We had a good time – playing under the floodlights at home in front of a massive crowd, it was unbelievable. All week the crowd have been there through the ups and the downs cheering us on. They made every moment feel even better than it was. It was really great.”
Dampney added: “The Olympics is hopefully a springboard for better things for beach volleyball in this country, we need to start a petition to get a grand slam event here.”