Dan Greaves aiming to break his world record in bid for Olympic gold
12 July 2012
Loughborough University’s Dan Greaves is looking to break his own world record to win the Paralympic discus gold medal at London 2012.
Dan, 29, a Loughborough graduate who is coached by Jim Edwards at the university, set the current best of 59.98 metres when winning his third World Championship gold medal last year.
But he thinks he will have to throw over 60 metres to beat his great rival, American Jeremy Campbell, who won gold in Beijing when he took the bronze.
Dan, one of nine athletes with links to Loughborough University named in the 49-strong GB athletics squad yesterday, says he has been throwing over 60m in training. And he feels in good shape.
He said: “We’re aiming to break the world record. We know we will have to throw over 60 metres and in training we have been throwing about 61, 62 metres.
“Training is not the same as competing but, in general, the more consistency you get in training makes it easier to convert in competition.
“The gold medal is our aim and I’ll be disappointed if I don’t win it. We have worked so hard to come back from the disappointment of Beijing.
“We know where we are at and we have not touched any speed work yet.
“We are getting there and, for me, it’s the final two months of speed stuff which will make the difference and really shape up some good distances.
“Things are good. I had a slight niggle in my adductor but I have put that to bed and, hopefully, I’ll get stronger.”
Dan (F44 discus), will be competing at his fourth Paralympics having won silver in Sydney in 2000, gold in Athens in 2004 and bronze in Beijing four years ago.
While disappointed to lose out to Campbell in Beijing he says the emergence of the American provided him with the sort of rivalry he needed.
He said: “He is a great athlete. It’s good to have a rivalry.
“Before Jeremy came along in Beijing things got a bit stale because the competition was at a low level and there were no real big rivals.
“It has spurred me on to train harder and throw further, so it’s great to have that rivalry.”