Green out to de­fend ti­tle

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cricket Athletes -

Olympic hur­dler Jack Green will get the chance to de­fend his Euro­pean un­der-23 ti­tle af­ter be­ing added to the GB squad for the cham­pi­onships in Tam­pere, Fin­land.

The 21-year-old from Hythe reached the semi-fi­nals of the 400m hur­dles at Lon­don 2012 but has suf­fered a frus­trat­ing start to the 2013 sea­son.

He was omit­ted from the orig­i­nal party for the com­pe­ti­tion from July 11-14 when it was an­nounced on June 17 but was one of 15 ath­letes added to the team by Bri­tish Ath­let­ics on Tues­day morn­ing.

He said: “I didn’t make the toptwo at the tri­als, which is why I was not in the ini­tial squad but I was third and am de­fend­ing cham­pion, so it was up to me whether I wanted to go.

“It has been a dif­fi­cult year so far but I feel like I’m in the best phys­i­cal shape I’ve ever been in and my per­for­mances in train­ing are the best they have been.

“I de­cided on Sun­day that I wanted to go and I wouldn’t go if I didn’t think I could win it. I am go­ing there to win, not just make a fi­nal or get a medal.”

Green claimed the ti­tle in Os­trava, Czech Repub­lic, in 2011, run­ning a time of 49.13sec.

Af­ter win­ning the crown in his first year of el­i­gi­bil­ity for the com­pe­ti­tion, this sum­mer’s com­pe­ti­tion pro­vides Green with a rare chance for an un­der-23 cham­pion to de­fend their ti­tle.

The for­mer Salt­wood Pri­mary School and Brock­hill pupil joins Niall Flan­nery and Se­bas­tian Rodger in the GB party for the event.

Lisa Do­briskey was a dis­ap­point­ing 10th in the Di­a­mond League meet­ing at Birm­ing­ham’s Alexan­der Sta­dium on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The for­mer Com­mon­wealth cham­pion and World sil­ver­medal­list stopped the clock in 4.08.08 – nearly four sec­onds slower than her time in Poland two weeks ear­lier – which was only good enough for 10th place, with three Brits ahead of her. Swe­den’s Abeba Are­gawi won in 4.03.70.

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