Dan Greaves set to sock it to Paralympic rivals
27 July 2012
Loughborough University’s Dan Greaves will wear a pair of 15 year old socks when he bids to win the Paralympic discus gold medal.
For they are his lucky socks, a pair he has had since he was 14, and despite their age are still in fine fettle because he pulls them out of the drawer only for big occasions.
And there is nothing bigger than a home Paralympics so the socks will be pressed into action on September 6 when Dan attempts to add to the gold, silver and bronze medals he has won at the three previous Games.
Dan, who is training hard at Loughborough under coach Jim Edwards, said: “It’s a bit of a weird one, they are triathlete socks and expandable.
“They are quite big but really comfy. I only wear them for major competitions so they only get a run-out three or four times a year.
“They are still in good shape for how long they have been around.
“They just feel really comfy on my feet. I don’t know why they are lucky but I have had such a great career I deem them my lucky socks.”
Dan, who has a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and a Masters in Sport and Leisure Management from Loughborough, is determined to regain the Olympic crown he won in Athens in 2004.
The 29-year-old, who silver in Sydney in 2000, lost out to America’s Jeremy Campbell in Beijing 2008, finishing up with the bronze.
But he broke his own world record, throwing 59.98m, in winning a third world title last year and reckons he will have to throw more than 60m to win gold in his own backyard.
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.
“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.”
Dan, from Anstey, is one of five throwers coached by Jim Edwards at Loughborough competing at the Paralympics.
The others are Dan West (F34 shot putt), Kieran Tscherniawsky (F33 discus), Jonathan Adams (F34 shot putt) and Claire Williams (F12 discus).
Dan is competing in his fifth Paralympics, Claire her third.