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Dai Greene: Pub may be renamed for Olympics hurdler

Category: Wales

Published: 7th Aug 2012 07:37:44

The landlord of hurdler Dai Greene's local pub says he might change its name in his honour, despite his Olympics disappointment.

Greene's dreams of gold were dashed after he finished fourth in the 400m hurdles final on Monday night.

But Roland Cross, of the Harry Watkins pub in Llanelli - named after a 1904 rugby captain - said he was thinking of updating it for the new local hero.

The Dominican Republic's Felix Sanchez won the race in 47.64 seconds.

Maybe he could have the freedom of Llanelli or something - I'm sure they could sort that out for him”

Sanchez clocked exactly the same time eight years ago in Athens to take gold.

Greene's supporters gathered for a party at the Harry Watkins, willing him on to Olympic glory.

"He's done fabulously well, we're still a little bit deflated but we're still very proud of him," Mr Cross said.

"We are still tempted to change the name of the pub to the Dai Greene.

"We're that proud of him."

American Michael Tinsley was second, with Puerto Rico's Javier Culson securing bronze.

Greene finished out of the medals in fourth.

"I gave it everything I had but was just too tired and narrowly missed out," Greene said after the race.

"I know me and Culson were miles ahead in the rankings but the guys really pulled something out."

Greene, the world champion, feared his Olympic dream was over on Saturday when he was fourth in his semi-final.

But his time was quick enough to allow him to progress to the final.

Mr Cross said: "Maybe he could have the freedom of Llanelli or something - I'm sure they could sort that out for him."

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