Athletics: Young British hurdler Jack Green taking a break from the sport

Last Updated: 10/12/13 11:50am

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Jack Green: Hurdler taking 2014 off to clear his mind

Jack Green: Hurdler taking 2014 off to clear his mind

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Jack Green will not be taking up his place on Britain's World Class Performance Programme in 2014 after coming through a battle with depression.

The 2011 European Under-23 champion over 400 metre hurdles confirmed to performance director Neil Black he is taking some time off from the sport.

Green revealed earlier this year he was dealing with personal problems and he decided not to race over the second half of the summer after failing to finish his heat at the 2013 championships in Helsinki.

"Those close to me and working with me know I have been suffering with depression over the last year and, despite a full recovery, I believe a break is necessary for my mental health," Green said.

"Athletics at the top level requires an application that I had, disappointingly, not been able to give it in recent times, which made life both on and off the track extremely difficult for me and I need to step back for a period of time.

"I wanted to be open and honest about my reasons for taking this break.

"I have been lucky to be so well supported during this time by the British Athletics support staff, but I realise this can be a difficult subject matter and if me being honest offers anyone else some support then that can only be a good thing.

"I'd like to thank the British Athletics performance team including my coach Malcolm Arnold for their support and understanding leading up to this difficult decision."

Black said: "We fully support Jack in what has obviously been a tough decision and I'm really pleased that he has been open about his reasons. We look forward to seeing Jack back in the sport once he has had enough time to recuperate."

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