Greene will captain Britain's athletics team at London 2012 Olympics
Monday, 09 July 2012
July 9 - Dai Greene, the world, European and Commonwealth 400 metres hurdles champion, will captain Britain's athletics team at the London Olympics.
Greene (pictured above) will take on the captaincy duties of the 78-strong team for the second time, having previously held the position for the European Team Championships in Sweden in 2011.
It follows yesterday's announcement that another Welshman, Ryan Giggs, will captain Britain's football team at London 2012.
"It is an incredible privilege to be asked to captain the British athletics team at any time, but to be given the honour at a home Olympic Games is just incredible," said the 26-year-old from Llanelli, who is coached at the University of Bath by Malcolm Arnold.
"We have a great team spirit in the camp, which will make giving my speech much easier.
"I think our team is one of the strongest in history and I believe that we can go out and do Britain proud and I intend to lead by example."
Greene lowered his personal best to 47.84sec in finishing second behind Puerto Rico's Javier Culson, whom he beat to the world title last year, at the Samsung Diamond League meeting in Paris last Friday (July 6).
UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee added: "Dai was a stand-out candidate for the London 2012 captaincy.
"He is a very professional athlete who is both liked and respected by the rest of the team.
"He knows what it takes to win at the highest level and that is a valuable experience to share with the team.
"I know we can also rely on Dai to inspire his teammates and I wouldn't be surprised if he raised a few laughs during his speech along the way."
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