400m hurdler Jack Green wants a place on the Olympic 4x400m relay team
European under-23 400m hurdles champion Jack Green is determined to improve on his World Championships semi-final place at this year’s Olympics, but is just as intent on securing a place on the 4x400m team.
The 20-year-old opened his season at the London 2012 test event earlier this month at the Olympic Stadium, winning the 400m hurdles in 50.00 and the one-lap sprint with a PB of 46.05 in less than ideal conditions.
He hopes that his display of abilities in both events will result in the opportunity to compete in both his specialist event and the relay at the same venue later this summer.
“I just want to be in that relay because I’m a relay runner,” Green told AW. “I know I can run a 44-split. I just need a chance and they won’t regret it. As long as I’ve got someone to chase, I’ll catch anyone.”
Green’s last major relay appearance was at the 2010 World Junior Championships. Having finished fifth in the 400m hurdles, he went on to produce a 45.7 split in the relay – the fastest of the British team – to secure the bronze medal.
Since then, Green has improved his 400m flat time by almost two seconds and his 400m hurdles PB by more than one and a half seconds.
Coached by Malcolm Arnold, Green’s training partner and world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene has also made no secret of his desire to be on the relay team for the 2012 Olympics.
“I don’t know why people are reluctant to put hurdlers on a relay,” said Green, who last year improved his 400m hurdles PB to 48.98. “We’re strong 400m runners and in a relay that’s what you need. That’s why I was disappointed to miss out last year, because I’m a hurdler and I’m young – young guys will thrive on that, and we don’t know what pain is yet. With someone to chase, we just run through it.”
Having enjoyed another good winter, Green is confident that he will be able to make the Olympic team in what is arguably Britain’s strongest event.
“My winter has gone really well. I’ve put on more muscle, which I like,” he said. “I’ve been able to lift this year; last year I was just learning. The most difficult thing has been doing big weights one day then running the next. But I’m running so much quicker than I was last year. I’m well up on where I was compared to this stage of the season last year.”