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Dai Greene misses out on Olympic medal.

Summary: Dai Greene said he was bitterly disappointed at failing to add to Great Britain's Olympic medal haul.

Dai Greene said he was bitterly disappointed at failing to add to Great Britain's Olympic medal haul.

The world champion had to settle for fourth place in the final of the 400 metres hurdles, fatigue catching up with him as he was unable to deliver his customary strong finish.

The Welshman, the Britain's athletics team captain, clocked 48.24 seconds, 0.14secs off a medal, to follow medal contenders Holly Bleasdale and Perri Shakes-Drayton in experiencing a night to forget.

Bleasdale went out early in the pole vault final as nerves got the better of her on the big stage, while east Londoner Shakes-Drayton was at the centre of huge confusion in the 400m hurdles semi-finals when she at first failed to progress as a fastest loser, then was sent through when Denisa Rosolova was disqualified for a lane infringement and finally was out again as the Czech team successfully appealed.

Victory was always going to be a tall order for Greene after he only scraped into the final as a fastest loser on Saturday.

The 26-year-old admitted he had been disgusted with his semi-final showing and, although he raised his game for the final, could not match the pace of winner Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic.

American Michael Tinsley took the silver, while favourite Javier Culson of Puerto Rico was third.

Greene said: "I don't think of it as an opportunity missed. I certainly couldn't have given it anything else out there.

"Coming into the champs it felt as though I was good enough to get gold - certainly a medal - but the way I felt going into the race, I was very fatigued.

He added: "That extra bit of strength just wasn't there so it was bitterly disappointing. But I couldn't have given anything more tonight."

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Date:Aug 7, 2012
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