Dai Greene (coach: Benke Blomkvist; club: Swansea) has been voted as the captain by his British teammates for next week’s European Championships in Berlin from 6-12 August.
Greene, who won the world, European, Commonwealth and Diamond League 400m hurdles titles in a 14-month period from 2010 and 2011, acquired probably the most votes after each member of the 101-strong British workforce, the most important of the fashionable period, was given the prospect to appoint who they wish to be captain.
The 32-year-old is enjoying a successful summer season having booked his place to Berlin with gold on the Müller British Athletics Championships and having returned to the worldwide stage on the Athletics World Cup, introduced by Müller, each final month. Greene has earlier captaincy expertise having been handed the honour for the European Workforce Championships in Stockholm in 2011 and the Olympic Video games in London in 2012.
Greene received his first main senior medal in Berlin, claiming silver as a part of the British 4x400m relay quartet on the World Championships in 2009 and his first ever worldwide medal at a European Championships, taking silver as an beneath 20 in 2005. As a part of his function, he’ll ship a pre-Championships speech on the British workforce assembly.
Dai Greene mentioned: “After such a very long time out of the workforce, it got here as fairly a shock to be chosen as captain for the European Championships by my teammates. I’m extremely proud to tackle the function as soon as once more. I can’t wait to steer such an ideal workforce into the Championships in Berlin subsequent week.”
Neil Black, Performance Director at British Athletics, mentioned: “I’m delighted for Dai that he has been chosen to captain the British workforce for the European Championships in Berlin. Dai is having fun with an ideal season after a troublesome time period with damage and it’s a testomony to his willpower and character that his friends have chosen him for such an honour. Dai is a really nice athlete each on and off the observe and is a implausible alternative to steer what’s our largest workforce of the fashionable period. I’ve little doubt he’ll lead by instance along with his performances on the observe and by how he operates off the observe.”
In the meantime, race walker Gemma Bridge (Mark Wall; Oxford City) has withdrawn from the British team for the European Championships as she recovers from injury.