His coach refers to him as “two hearts and four lungs,” but how did Jack Green earn such a blood-pumping moniker? The European under-23 400m hurdles champ explains…
“It was given to be my coach, Malcolm Arnold, during the first year I spent training with him. Malcolm doesn’t give many complements, so even a sly one like that I’m quite happy with.
“I guess he gave me the nickname because I don’t get too much lactic compared to many athletes. I was a former 800m and cross country runner, so I’ve always been able to cope quite well with the endurance training. As a younger kid I wanted to be a 100m runner but I think it was mum who suggested perhaps as a skinny, white kid I perhaps should think about another event.
“I’m really good at the short recovery sessions. So I like to do 9x300m with three minutes recovery. One of my favourite sessions is 350m 150m 300m 100m with 30 seconds between each. I’m just very lucky genes-wise.
“I see myself as a runner in the mould of a Kerron Clement [‘07 and ‘09 world champion] or Angelo Taylor [‘00 and ‘08 Olympic champion]. Perhaps technically not that great but physically superior. Yes, a hurdler like Dai Greene [current world champion] is very good technically… I’m, not [laughs].”
Image: Dai Greene and Jack Green share a joke as they take an ice bath after their training session during the Team GB Track and Field preperation camp at Monte Gordo Stadium on July 25, 2012.