Green back and adamant he can be best in world

11 October 2014 / 16:04

Back training following an extended break from athletics due to health issues, hurdler Jack Green admits a return to his very best is firmly in his thoughts having rediscovered his love for the sport.

Green enjoyed a year to remember in 2011, becoming the European under-23 champion over 400m hurdles and also reaching a senior World Championship semi-final in South Korea.

In 2012, he was part of a Great Britain 4x400m relay team that finished an agonising fourth at the Olympics while his individual campaign in the 400m hurdles ended in disappointment in the semis.

Green cut his season short in July of last year with news later emerging that he had decided to take a break from athletics in order to deal with his recovery from depression.

Last week the 23-year-old began a new chapter across the pond in the United States, back on the track and training again, this time alongside new coach Loren Seagrave.

And with a support network firmly around him, Green is confident he can be back challenging the world’s best.

"Before my break, athletics was the given path in many ways,” he said. “Obviously I was making my own decisions but it was a case of 'oh, I've achieved this and I have done that so I have to go down this particular route’.

"I am a runner, I couldn't change that. It's what I do. Now I have had a year without running I know I want to be here – it's what I have chosen.

"I have got great people around me now. I am the happiest I have ever been and I haven't even run in a year. I still believe I can be the best in the world.”

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