Rooney looking to do better than in Beijing
4 July 2012
Loughborough University’s Martyn Rooney says he will be looking to do better than he did in Beijing and win a medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Team GB 400 metre runner was speaking during a Question and Answer session at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium after the Olympic Torch Relay had gone through during its visit to Loughborough University today
His fellow university athlete, Dan Greaves, one of the favourites for the discus gold medal at the Paralympics in August and September, also answered questions put by Loughborough favourite David Moorcroft, a former 5,000m world record holder.
Asked what it was like to be in the final in Beijing where he finished sixth, having set a personal best in the semi-final, 25-year-old Martyn said: “This time I have set my goals higher.
“In the final in Beijing I was pretty relaxed. This time, going to the Olympics I want to win a medal. The job is not done if I just get to the final.”
Martyn said the key would be controlling his emotions. He said: “Beijing was amazing. It was a 90,000 seat stadium, the atmosphere was amazing and all the emotions start rushing in.
“The hardest thing in the world is controlling those emotions at the Olympics and not giving in to negativity.”
Dan, 29, who won gold at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens and bronze four years later in Beijing, said he was ‘massively inspired’ by the Games being in London.
The current world champion said: “I was there in London when we got the Games.
“It was an unbelievable day when it was announced that London would host the Olympics and Paralympics.
“The whole country then realised that we could have possibly one of the biggest sporting events in my lifetime let alone other people’s.
“To get the opportunity to compete for your country on home turf is unbelievable. We will be doing everything in our power to stand at the top of the rostrum.”
Dan carried the Olympic flame through Derby last weekend and said: “That has given me a real boost, and training has been really good.
“I am just really looking forward to getting in the mix and competing.”
David said: “Dan and Martyn are typical Loughborough students. There are students from 30, 40 years ago still here, they can’t get away from the place.
“Loughborough is incredible, there is no place like it in the world. Over the next month the focus is on Martyn and Dan and the rest of Team GB. Good luck to you both, and Team GB.”