LONDON 2012: Greene powers to new personal best but just misses Akabusi record
WORLD champion Dai Greene fractionally failed to rewrite Kriss Akabusi's 400m hurdles British record with a storming personal best at the IAAF Diamond League in Paris.
Last week hurdles legend Ed Moses questioned whether Greene was fast enough to add the Olympic crown to his collection of titles and he responded by clocking 47.84 seconds at the Stade de France, just 0.2 secs outside Akabusi's long-standing best time.
However, it was not quick enough to beat Puerto Rico's Javier Culson, Greene settling for second place.
"It feels good to be back in business, all coming together at the right time. Ready for the big one," he wrote on Twitter.
Elsewhere, world champion Mo Farah's world leading 5,000m time was beaten by ten athletes in a super-fast race.
Farah is back in his Oregon training base after defending his European title in Helsinki and will have watched with interest as Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel won in 12:46.81 to become the fifth fastest of all time over the distance. Indeed the first six home all went quicker than Farah's European record.
Elsewhere, defending Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu ran a season's best 50.59 secs to finish fourth over 400m while Shara Proctor settled for second in the long jump, with a best leap of 6.65m, and Steve Lewis placed fourth in the pole vault.
Lisa Dobriskey and Barbara Parker both finished eighth in the 1500m and 3,000m steeplechase respectively.
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