Ed Moses meets Dai Greene on Radio 5 live

Date: 29.12.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.03
Category: Radio 5 Live
Hurdling great Ed Moses has teamed up with Welsh athlete Dai Greene to help him win gold in the Olympic 400m hurdles at London 2012.

Moses passes on his advice and wisdom during an Olympics programme he presents for BBC Radio 5 live to be aired on January 1st (11am). The show brings together the two hurdling champions and kicks off the station’s Olympic coverage for 2012

Moses advises Greene to work on his hurdling technique and to get 'more power' and strength if he wants to win the Olympic title, after analysing tapes of his world championship win in Daegu.

He also warns Greene to be wary of the many distractions surrounding the London Olympics, including demands on his time from the media, sponsors, public and even politicians.

Moses says Greene  needs to stay focussed and mentally strong to cope with the hype and pressure caused by being a ‘hometown’ favourite.

"People are going make you the saviour of the Olympics and put the medal around your neck even before you get the chance to start and finish your training… my advice to you is to have the arrogance to say look we’ll wait and see, we’ll see when the day comes. Be quiet about your chances and the expectations the whole sport and whole country puts on you… you’ve got to keep your head calm."

Moses won Olympic gold in his hometown Games of Los Angeles in 1984, as well as taking gold in Montreal in 1976 during a glittering career, which saw him take the 400m hurdles event into a new dimension. Moses set numerous world records, won two world championships and at one stage in his career went unbeaten for 122 races, spanning an incredible nine years, nine months and nine days.

Dai Greene says that meeting up with Moses during the 5 live show could definitely help him win the Olympic title: "It could make a big difference… the difference between gold and silver I guess… it’s great to have someone like Ed to speak to about these things....it gives you that sort of buzz, it gives you that boost of confidence, of inspiration… I’m one step ahead of the game now with all this advice coming my way. Despite his amazing track record, Ed is very humble, which has been lost in recent years with some sports stars, but it’s something I want to hold onto."

Green’s much respected veteran coach Malcolm Arnold says that when Moses speaks "Dai Greene will listen, I will listen, he's that important."

Moses also examines whether London can stage a successful Olympics and what legacy the Games will create for the UK. He meets up with 2012 boss Lord Coe and gets the views of IOC President Jacques Rogge in a fascinating and inspiring preview of the 2012 Games.

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