Olympic trials: Kent hurdler Jack Green targets top two

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Dai Greene influence helps Green

UK ATHLETICS AVIVA 2012 TRIALS

Venue:
Birmingham Alexander Stadium
Date:
22-24 June
Coverage:
Live on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website, Saturday 23 June, 16:45-18:30 BST; Sunday 24 June, 17:00-19:00

Kent 400m hurdler Jack Green says anything less than a second-placed finish at the British Trials this weekend will be an under-achievement.

The 20-year-old has been training alongside world champion Dai Greene under the tutelage of Malcolm Arnold.

Green told BBC Sport: "I've beaten everyone bar Dai this year. I'm ranked second and I want to be pushing him.

"If I'm not in the top two we'll have some issues and Malcolm will be a little upset with me."

The Maidstone athlete added: "I'm going into the race to win and I'd be disappointed with second.

"But I can't be too disappointed if that gets me to an Olympic Games."

Green is aiming to put recent disappointment, when he hit seven hurdles in the Diamond League meeting in Oslo earlier this month, behind him in Birmingham.

"You've got to go for it," he said. "I'm a positive person anyway and and am confident in my own ability. Sometimes I hit hurdles but you don't even think about it."

Meanwhile Green says training with Welshman Greene has helped to raise the level of his performances.

"Last year I was well below him on ability and he really helped me with that side of things," Green continued.

"He's the world champion and the best in the world so I know where I need to be. If I'm ahead of him in training, then brilliant."

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