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Dai Greene 'devastated' at semi-final performance

The world champion lay on the track with his head in his hands after crossing the line fourth in last night's opening semi-final Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Dai Greene says he's 'devastated' after scraping into the Olympic 400m hurdles final as the 'second fastest loser'.

The first two athletes qualify automatically and only the next two fastest across all three semi-finals also reach the final. After crossing the line fourth in last night's opening semi, Greene, from Llanelli, faced an anxious wait to see if his time of 48.19 seconds was good enough.

He received a roar of support from the crowd when it was confirmed he'd made it through - but the 26-year-old world champion said it was 'no way to perform'.

I can't believe it. I'm just devastated. I went off at a decent pace. I couldn't believe I wasn't closing them down [in the final straight]. I'm just shocked. I just don't really know what went wrong. Second fastest loser is no way to perform if you are world champion in my mind. I feel like I've let everybody down. I should be able to do better than that - I know I'm better than that.

– Dai Greene speaking before he knew he had made the final

Fellow Welsh athlete Rhys Williams also finished fourth in the last semi-final - but his time of 49.63 was not enough to get through.

Meanwhile Great Britain were beaten by South Korea in the quarter-finals of the men's football tournament last night.

They lost a dramatic penalty shoot-out 5-4 at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium after Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge missed the vital last kick.

It allowed Celtic's Ki Sungyueng to send South Korea into a last four meeting with Brazil at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

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