Quiet man Greene enjoying his elevation to British golden boy

Welcome to the world of Dai Greene, the new golden boy of British athletics.

"World Champ!" the Welshman tweeted in the aftermath of his thrilling victory in the 400m hurdles final at the World Championships in Daegu on Thursday. "Get in there! It hasn't quite sunk in yet! So happy."

An hour later, from the bowels of Daegu Stadium, he was tweeting: "Now peeing into a cup in front of a stranger! So glamorous!"

Like producing when it matters on the track, obliging the drugs tester is all part of the job for the professional athlete – or "the model athlete," as Charles van Commenee, the head coach of the Great Britain team, has labelled Greene.

According to Malcolm Arnold, the hurdles guru who has guided Greene to world gold, the Swansea Harrier is a man of few words when it comes to work time on the training track at the University of Bath.

"I come into the office at 8am-8.30am every morning and I could only realise an hour later that Dai is halfway through his warm-up and hasn't said anything," Greene's coach said yesterday. "He's that quiet. He's very, very dedicated. You couldn't wish for a better athlete."

Still, the Quiet Man, the John Wayne of the one-lap hurdles, happens to be a dedicated tweeter – a man of few but invariably witty words. "Reading interviews my dad has given," he posted on Twitter yesterday. "Pretty sure he's meant to be fitting my new flooring today! Get to it :-)"

Greene might have been attempting to floor the opposition on the track in Daegu again yesterday, but decided not to run in the 4x400m relay final, in which the British team, anchored by Martyn Rooney, finished down in seventh place.

"Was in the relay team but withdrew myself during warm up," he tweeted. "Body was hurting, I didn't feel I could do the team justice. Tough call to make."

On the closing weekend of the World Championships, there is every chance of Mo Farah doing himself, and the British team, justice by winning gold in the 5,000m final tomorrow – and of Phillips Idowu, whose serial tweeting famously got him into trouble with Van Commenee earlier this summer, doing likewise in the triple jump.

"Winning is the plan," Idowu said after qualifying for tomorrow's final with a confident first-time effort of 17.15m yesterday. It looks a wholly realistic plan, the Belgrave Harrier's two most obvious threats, Christian Taylor of the United States and Sheryf El-Sheryf of Ukraine, having struggled to make the cut.

Idowu, of course, hopped, stepped and jumped to victory in the final two years ago and stands to become the first British athlete to win back to back World Championship crowns.

Jenny Meadows also made the rostrum in Berlin in 2009 but the Wigan athlete failed to make it beyond the semi-final stage in the 800m yesterday. She finished third in her race in 1 min 59.07sec, missing out on a place in tomorrow's final by 0.14sec.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Senior VMware Platform Engineer - VMware / SAN / Tier3 DC

£45000 - £55000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior VMware Platform En...

Recruitment Genius: Purchasing Assistant

£10000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A distributor of specialist ele...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Ledger Assistant

£17000 - £19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A distributor of specialist ele...

Ashdown Group: Automated Tester / Test Analyst - .Net / SQL - Cheshire

£32000 per annum + pension, healthcare & 23 days holiday: Ashdown Group: A gro...

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage