Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

No Greene, but Britain Are Still in the Pink

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

No Greene, but Britain Are Still in the Pink

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Byline: James Olley at the Olympic Stadium

OUR 4X400M RELAY TEAM ARE SAFELY THROUGH TO TOMORROW'S FINAL BUT IT'S AGONY FOR PISTORIUS [bar] REAT BRITAIN qualified for the 4x400metres relay final this morning after controversially omitting athletics captain Dai Greene from their starting line-up.

Greene is the 400m hurdles world champion but ran his slowest race of the season in Tuesday's Olympic final as Felix Sanchez took gold.

The Welshman admitted to feeling "tired and shocked" after his substandard performance and hinted that the weight of expectation as one of Britain's principal medal hopes may have taken its toll.

Greene was still expected to run the third leg of today's heat at the Olympic Stadium but Jack Green was selected instead to run alongside Nigel Levine, Conrad Williams and Martyn Rooney.

The decision paid off as Green ran a storming leg to drag Britain into a lead Rooney only surrendered on the line as he slowed with qualification safely assured. Only the first three home in each heat were guaranteed passage to tomorrow's final -- along with two fastest losers -- and Trinidad and Tobago ran a national record 3min 00.38sec, the same as Britain, to snatch victory with Cuba in third.

Rooney said: "It is incredible. When I saw Jack coming in the home straight, I was like, 'wow, we're going to get there first!' I'm just going to apologise to the guys, I didn't realise -- I saw the guy outside me and I thought 'I've got him, its fine.' I looked across and checked the time and obviously he is a sprinter who practise his dip. I'm disappointed we didn't win it so I'm sorry about that but hopefully tomorrow will be better."

Levine, who ran the first leg after failing to qualify in the individual event, said: "After the disappointment of the semis, I've learned about the track a bit more. So I tried to set up Conrad in as good a position as possible to qualify easily. …

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