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Garland delighted by Beijing spot

Dale Garland
Garland was named in the 4x400m relay squad

Guernsey's top athlete Dale Garland is thrilled to have been named in the Great Britain Olympic Squad.

Garland was devastated on Thursday when the after-effects of a hamstring injury saw him run a second slower than he thought he needed.

Being named in the 4x400m relay Garland told BBC Guernsey: "I was gutted, I thought my Olympics chance was over."

"The pinnacle is the Olympics, you want to be there and thankfully I am going to be there, which is brilliant."

Explaining what the selectors had told him Garland said: "What they told me is my relay run in Annecy, in the European Cup. That's basically why I've been selected, because I ran a really good leg there.

"Luckily for me they took into account my injury. Obviously last week because I didn't show the form at the last minute I thought they wouldn't take me.

"But luckily they've looked back, looked to that relay, and that split time I got and they said you've done it."

Garland has made fairly regular appearances in the relay over the past three or four years.

Garland was back training following a few days rest after Loughborough and has suffered no repercussions from the injury.

"At the start of the year the whole thing was even if everything goes wrong and I go to the Olympics I'll still be happy, and that's basically what's happened.

"What I said six months ago, obviously hoping things wouldn't go wrong."


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