WELSHMAN Dai Greene will carry the nation’s hopes in the 400 metres hurdles in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but it could well be Doncaster’s Aiden Davies in Rio in four years’ time.
The Doncaster Athletic Club teenager already knows what it is like to compete in an Olympic Stadium - he took part of the 2012 Schools’ Games in May which was the first event to be held at the new facility in Stratford.
He beat Channel Islander Stanley Livingstone to win the 400m hurdles in a personal best time of 54.17 seconds. But since then Livingstone has beaten him twice, in the recent English Schools’ Championships at Gateshead and in last weekend’s SIAB Schools’ International at Ashford.
“I was disappointed not to win gold at the English Schools because I had the fastest time going into the race but the winner ran a personal best in the final,” said Davies, who suffered a nasty fall in the warm-up at the weekend.
Davies still finished up with a gold medal hanging around his neck, however, after running the third leg for the victorious England squad in the 4 x 400m relay.
He recorded his fastest time for the 400m in the England Indoor Championships in Birmingham in February, where he clocked 50.24 to reach the Under-17s final and claim the bronze medal.