Greene honoured to captain GB

10 July 2012 / 09:08

World 400 metres hurdles champion Dai Greene has described his decision to accept the role as captain of Great Britain's athletics team at the Olympics as "a no-brainer" - despite the potential distractions to his own preparations.

The 26-year-old is one of Team GB's best hopes for gold on the track as he looks to add the Olympic title to his world, European and Commonwealth crowns.

Greene, who captained Great Britain last year at the European Team Championships in Sweden, was offered the role by UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee.

"He made me aware of how it would bring extra hassle when we arrived in the Olympic Village and said he would therefore give me time to think about it," Greene told the Daily Mail. "I talked it over with [coach] Malcolm [Arnold] and he said I should do it - but that it was up to me.

"But, really, it was a no-brainer for me. I was always going to say yes. I enjoyed being captain at the European Championships last year.

"So to be asked to be captain at the Olympics - especially my first Olympics and a home Olympics - is a phenomenal honour."