Greene plans to pile the pressure on weary Culson with fast finish in 400m hurdles
22:16 GMT, 30 July 2012
Dai Greene has talked the talk, told the jokes and had the team of Olympic athletes he captains rolling in the aisles.
Having inspired them with his words in the traditional captain’s speech, he now has to lead them by example in Friday’s first session in the Olympic Stadium.
Greene does not normally do leading until after the 10th flight of hurdles when the finish line is in sight. Javier Culson does the leading in the 400 metres hurdles.
Going for gold: Dai Greene is among the favourites in the 400m hurdles
WHEN AND WHERE
Dai Greene competes in the first round of the 400m hurdles on Friday at 11.15am on BBC3.
He is the 6ft 5in Puerto Rican who led Greene for all 10 hurdles in last year’s World Championships in South Korea and then watched as Greene took the gold. If the Brit is right, it will be that way again in next Monday’s final.
‘I think people understand how I run my race and it makes a great race for neutrals,’ said Greene, who came into the straight in Daegu three lanes outside Culson, but three metres behind him. ‘He’s the fastest over the first five hurdles and I’m fastest over the last five. It’s a good balance.
‘As I came into the straight I thought I shouldn’t be this far down and I thought, “push, push, push”. I could feel everyone else coming towards me and I knew if I took the last hurdle well I would have the momentum.’
Stretch: Greene received treatment on his hip before the Games began
Greene is a speed-endurance athlete, Culson a speed merchant. It wins Culson the one-off races on the circuit. His record is 3-0 against Greene this year but he has twice finished second in the World Championships, undone by the three tiring rounds.
Greene added: ‘I know that Javier is going to be thinking, “Is he coming I can hear him coming. Am I strong enough” It will be interesting to see how he handles it. It’s easier to chase.’