Up-and-coming 400m hurdler is reaping the rewards after switching to Malcolm Arnold
World junior 400m hurdles finalist Jack Green is looking ahead to a breakout 2011 season after being convinced by European and Commonwealth champion David Greene to join him in Malcolm Arnold’s stable.
Green, 19, was all set to go to Nebraska University in the USA at the end of 2010, but a timely call by hurdles coaching guru Arnold – followed by a message from UK No.1 Greene – persuaded him to move to Bath and join the highest-quality hurdles group in the country.
The Kent athlete now trains alongside Greene, Olympic bronze medallist Tasha Danvers, Scottish record-holder Eilidh Child, Commonwealth bronze medallist Lawrence Clarke, and Commonwealth finalist Rick Yates.
“It’s such an amazing group and it’s brilliant to get an insight into the training that it takes to become as successful as someone like David,” Green told AW. “I’m still learning the event and I’m learning as much from David as I am from Malcolm.
“Before this year, I only used to train twice a week, whereas now I’m training up to six times a week,” added Green, who last year clocked 50.49 for the 400m hurdles – the third fastest performance of all time by a British junior. “Obviously last year I’d be cramming a lot into those two sessions each week, but I’ve definitely stepped up my workload this year.”
Green has recently returned from the UKA warm-weather training trip to South Africa, but he only has a short rest before his first indoor competition of the season this weekend at the London Indoor Games. Green has high hopes too.
“My aim for the indoor season is to qualify for the European Indoors,” said Green, who clocked a 45.76 split in the 4x400m relay at last year’s World Junior Championships. “The standard for Paris is 46.70 and Malcolm thinks I’m capable of that.”
His goal for the outdoor season is even tougher, but Green is brimming with confidence.
“Outdoors, Malcolm has set me the target of getting the World Championships A standard (49.25), although I feel I could even dip under 49 seconds,” he said.
Green is not the only 400m hurdler competing on the flat this weekend’s London Indoor Games. Joining him will be European bronze medallist Perri Shakes-Drayton, who is stepping up to the 800m.
World youth and world junior sprint champion Jodie Williams is racing the 60m where she will take on former world junior 100m silver medallist Ashlee Nelson and former world youth 100m champion Asha Philip, who is still on the long road to recovery after a trampolining injury a few years ago.
The men’s 60m features former world junior champion Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, former European Indoor silver medallist Craig Pickering, 2007 European Indoor finalist Ryan Scott, and former world indoor finalist Matic Osovnikar of Slovenia.
World and Olympic finalist Tom Parsons, who this week equalled his 2.28m indoor PB, will look to continue his fine form in the high jump.