Rooney confident of winning 400m medal
26 June 2012
Loughborough University’s Martyn Rooney believes he can win a medal in the hugely competitive 400 metres at the London 2012 Olympics.
The 25-year-old booked his place in the Great Britain team by winning the 400m in 45.93 seconds at the Aviva trials in Birmingham last weekend.
He believes he will have to run a low 44-seconds time to get among the medals but is confident he can run well, especially in front of a home crowd.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics Rooney set a new personal best in the semi-final and finished sixth in the final.
He also anchored GB to fourth in the relay with a 43.7 split, the second fastest ever by a Briton.
Now he wants to go even better. “This is an opportunity no-one else has had,” he told Sky Sports.
“Previous generations have not had this opportunity so you have to make it count.
“Guys would kill to race in front of their home nation.
“There are medals to be won. I know I am capable of running 44-low and that is what it’s going to take to do well.
“There’s about 15,16 guys will be trying to make the final.
“I have to make sure I’m in the top three for that and get a good lane.
“It doesn’t even matter what anyone else does, as long as I run my race and run to my potential. There are medals to be won.”