Jack Green, the 2012 European Under-23 400 metres hurdles champion and a key member of Britain’s 4x400m relay squad at the London Olympics, is to take a break from the sport in 2014 after illuminating that he has been battling hopelessness.
The 22-year-old, who called an early end to his 2013 season in July, citing a lot of entity issues, announced that he will not be taking up his place on the Lottery-funding World Class Performance Programme in 2014.
Athletics at the top level requires an application that I had, disappointingly, not been able to give it in recent times, which made life both on and off the track tremendously difficult for me and I need to step back for a period of time.
Green, who trains under Malcolm Arnold and Bath alongside 2011 world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene, announced himself as one of Britain’s most excite young prospects with 400m hurdles gold at the 2011 European Under-23 Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
The following year he qualified for his first Olympic Games and made it through to the semi-finals before tangling with a hurdle on the back straight and weakness to finish the race. He also ran the second leg in the Olympic 4x400m final, in which the British team finished in an unbearable fourth place, just 0.13 sec outside the bronze medal.
Sterling Bank showed class to lead the run events of the 2013 Nigeria Bankers Games athletics with Alekwo Chidozie claiming double gold medals in the 100m and 200m. Alekwo returned a time of 11.18 seconds to win the 100m and a time of 22.92 seconds to finish tops in the 200m race.
But it was Fidelity Bank that sustained their monopoly of the women sprints even in the nonappearance of record holder, Vivian Ezenwoko, leaving the tracks for Mary Linus and Hannah Ogbebor to clean out the gold in the women 100m and 200m respectively. Linus returned a time of 14.05 seconds to beat her colleagues, Hannah Ogbebor and Omotola Johnson in the 100m sprint. Ogbebor in turn took the 200m gold ahead of Linus and Johnson to whole Fidelity Bank’s achievement in the women 100m and 200m events held at the University of Lagos Sports Complex.
Registering their presence in the Athletics event was First Bank, winners of the 4 x 100m relay for men. Intent on making up for their exit from the football event, Sterling Bank also claimed the gold in the Tennis doubles event, defeating Fidelity Bank that made do with the Silver medal.
Sterling Bank has thus far amassed seven gold medals and a silver and bronze to top the overall medals table and has thus displaced Fidelity Bank, overall winners in the last two editions since the opening of other events to the Bankers Games program. With just one gold medal outstanding to be won from the football event finals, Sterling Bank has recognized an unassailable lead and is waiting to be crowned at the closing ceremonies on Sunday at the Onikan Waterfront Stadium.