Jackson tips Greene for stardom

Sun, 24 Apr 13:49:00 2011

British hurdle legend Colin Jackson is hopeful that Dai Greene will become an Olympic champion at London 2012.

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Jackson - who won three world titles, an Olympic silver medal and numerous European and Commonwealth titles in the 110m hurdles - told Eurosport that the Welshman will thrive under the unique spotlight of a home Olympics.

Greene won European and Commonwealth gold last year in the 400m hurdles.

"Outside the favourites such as Jess Ennis and Phillips Odowu, Dai Greene could be one to watch out for," he said.

"He's incredibly talented and the kind of athlete who thrives on an Olympics on home soil, gets a lift out of that environment.

"And with one more year of experience, he might just become champion."

Jackson has a warning for British athletes expecting a natural advantage due to the location of the Games, the first in London since 1948.

"It's important for these athletes that they don't let the Games become too daunting for them," he said. "Some athletes might be overwhelmed by the pressure while others will absolutely fly.

"If they prepare well and put the hours in then they will be more likely to deliver the performance on the day. It's important for them to remember that the crowd can't give you 25,000 extra hours of training."

Jackson is an ambassador for the Games and will be working within them throughout.

However he is hoping to sneak off to watch one competition in particular - and it is not part of track and field.

"I'm looking forward to the archery," he added. "It really is fascinating how these guys are able to hit these targets from such incredible distances, waiting for the wind and taking readings of it.

"On TV you get a split screen and no idea of the flight of the arrow, but when you're there you get the whole experience of it and it is amazing.

"As an athlete you get blasť, used to seeing excellence all around you - but never in other sports. That is what is so magical about the Olympics: there is such a breadth of competition.

"I always encourage people to see other sports at the Games, to really get a handle on the experience."

To apply for London 2012 tickets visit www.tickets.london2012.com before midnight on Tuesday, April 26th.

Eurosport

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