Sunday, May 27, 2012

Jason Gardener: Team GB must believe they have chance of relay gold

Britain's sprinters must believe they can be Olympic champions, despite the dominance of reigning relay kings Jamaica, says 2004 golden boy Jason Gardener.

Jason Gardener says Team GB should believe they have a chance of relay gold (Picture: PA)
Usain Bolt anchored Jamaica to a new world record of 37.04 seconds to add the world championship 4x100metres title last year.
And with arch-rivals the United States eager to bounce back from their mishap in Daegu – when Darvis Patton and Britain’s Harry Aikines-Aryeetey collided at the final change-over – the British know they face a huge test to win a medal in Stratford this summer.
But Gardener insisted Team GB must always believe they have a chance, and be ready to take it.
‘We’ve seen many times before top teams expecting to win then messing up,’ he said.
‘Our team must believe we have a chance. If the opportunity presents itself, if one of the other teams drop the baton or go out of their lane, you have to take it, as it could mean winning a medal.’
Gardener was ‘extremely honoured’ to be asked to carry the Olympic torch through his home town of Bath yesterday. The man branded the ‘Bath bullet’ during his sprinting days, added: ‘It’s great the flame is enabling local communities to really get involved and feel they are part of the occasion.’