Athletics - Green: I'm still an individual specialist

The boosted bank balance might suggest otherwise but GB 400m hurdler Jack Green insists he still sees himself as an individual athlete.

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Green has never been afraid to talk up his chances and the GB ace's 2012 performances have persuaded the sport's governing body to put their money where his mouth is.

While the 21-year-old has always been regarded as a hurdles specialist it was as part of the GB 4x400m relay team that he caught the eye at London 2012.

Green produced two sterling runs - notching the fastest split in the heats before ending second only to teammate and 400m specialist Martyn Rooney - as the GB team finished fourth at London 2012.

For Green this provided some solace from a disappointing individual display which saw him crash out in the semi-finals and it certainly didn't go unnoticed among his bosses.

Green has since seen his funding notched up to the highest level, for athletes deemed to be realistic podium contenders, by virtue of his relay potential.

But the GB ace maintains that it is over the hurdles where his future lies.

"I am still a hurdler, not a relay specialist," he said.

"I don't want to be known as a relay runner. I'm good at relays but I'm an individual athlete.

"I was on podium-level funding last year.

"I've gone up because of the relay [performances] and because I'm part of the relay squad. I'm not being funded just for that.

"I'm now on a higher level which means more funding to help me with my career."

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