Green out to defend title
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.