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Dai Greene chosen to captain GB athletics team
Dai Greene, the 400m hurdles champion, has been chosen to captain the GB athletics team at the Olympic Games later this month.
At 26, the European and Commonwealth champion has been selected ahead of favourites Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis to lead Britain’s 78-strong team as they compete against the world’s top athletes.
Over the past two years, Dai has proven himself as one of the nation’s best athletes but he has also stood out for his determination to succeed at an international level in spite of his epilepsy.
Epilepsy and achievement
Said chief executive of Epilepsy Society Graham Faulkner: ‘Dai was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 17 and has been an incredible role model for young people, showing how seizures need not be an end to your dreams. Dai has gone on to achieve at the highest level in spite of his epilepsy and his willingness to talk about the condition has done much to raise the profile of epilepsy.
‘We are really proud to learn that he has been chosen as captain of the GB athletics team and will be cheering him on as he goes for gold.’
In Paris last week, Dai achieved a personal best in the 400m hurdles, clocking in at 47.84secs, just 0.02secs outside Kriss Akabusi’s 20-year-old British record.
You can download the full interview with Dai Greene in our magazine Epilepsy Review, Issue 2 2011, below.
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