Dai Greene: 400m hurdler wins GB team place

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European qualification 'a big moment' - Greene

Former world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene triumphed at the British Championships to earn a European Championships place.

The 32-year-old Welshman was forced to pull out of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in April with a torn hamstring.

But he bounced back with a winning 50.06secs effort in Birmingham.

Race walker Bethan Davies won the 5,000m in a personal best 22:04.98 and Bethan Rees was third in the women's javelin.

Rees threw 48.30m in an event won by Laura Whittinhgam's 55.55m while para-athlete Hollie Arnold was 12th in her biggest able-bodied competition to date with 40.23m.

Melissa Courtney finished second in the women's 5,000m to book her place at the European Championships, finishing ahead of compatriots Charlotte Arter and Jenny Nesbitt, who finished fourth and seventh respectively.

Courtney and Greene join Ieuan Thomas in qualifying for the place in the Great British team for the European Championships, the 28-year-old confirming his place with a silver medal in the 3,000m steeplechase on Saturday.

The three join fellow Welsh athletes Davies, Arter, Heather Lewis and Caryl Jones in qualifying for the team. The last European Championships, in 2014, had no Welsh representatives.

Greene won the European and Commonwealth titles in 2010 and was crowned world champion a year later in Daegu, South Korea.

Since then he has been badly affected by injury. After finishing outside the medals at London 2012, he failed to make the final at the 2013 World Championships and was unable to compete at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Sunday's final produced a tight finish as Greene, 32, crossed ahead of Jack Green, who took silver with his time of 50.13, and Sebastian Rodger in third who ran a time of 50.18.

Greene said winning his fifth British title in Birmingham was "a big moment" for him.

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