Greene looks to inspire and entertain as Team GB's athletics captain
GREAT Britain's athletics team will be captained by 400m hurdle world champion, Dai Greene.
The Welshman, pictured, who trains at the University of Bath, will lead the 78-strong athletics team and was picked ahead of contenders Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah.
The 26-year-old said: "It is an incredible privilege to be asked to captain the British athletics team."
Greene is thought to be one of Britain's best hopes of a gold medal this summer and he believes he is leading one of the strongest teams in the country's history.
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He added: "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.
"We have a great team spirit in the camp, which will make giving my speech much easier
UK Athletics head coach, Charles van Commenee said: "Dai 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."
Greene's role has added pressure and responsibility, according to van Commenee who has the utmost confidence in Greene.
He added: "I know we can also rely on Dai to inspire his team-mates"
In 2010, Greene won both the European and Commonwealth titles. The following year, in the summer of 2011, he won World Championship Gold in Daegu, South Korea. This winter Greene has suffered from illness and injury, leading to knee surgery which had many questioning whether he deserved the captaincy as he had started the season slowly.
But last Friday he silenced those critics, smashing his personal best finishing the 400m hurdles in 47:84 seconds – an agonising 0.02 seconds off Kriss Akabusi's British record of 47:82 seconds.
He took the silver medal and was gaining on world number one Javier Culson, which has given him renewed confidence for when the pair next meet at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Greene has expressed intent to add an Olympic gold to his European and Commonwealth titles . He will also be hoping to equal his gold medal from last time he captained the British side.
He is one of six track and field athletes from the University of Bath to represent Great Britain in the games. He will run the 400m hurdles alongside Jack Green and will watch Eilidh Childs compete in the women's 400m hurdles. These three athletes are all coached by UK National Athletics events coach, Malcolm Arnold. He will also run with Green in the 4x400m relay.