‘I’m a woman and I’m going to run’ – Greene makes history
Greene has become the first woman to take part in the 100m final of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
She made history at the final, finishing in fourth place behind former world champion Emma Pooley, who beat her with just over 10 seconds remaining.
“I’m just so excited, it’s the first time I’m in a final,” said the 26-year-old, who is in her fourth year of running.
“For me to be the first is huge.
I know it’s a big milestone, but I’m still in the race, I’m a female, and I want to run.”
Greene, who will compete in the men’s 100m freestyle at the Games, said she has not lost the passion to run the race.
“I’m going there to have fun, and to win.
It’s a dream come true,” she said.
“To have been able to compete in such a big event and to make history is a great honour for myself and for the sport.”
Pooley was one of only four athletes to have run the 100 metre in London, with the others being Victoria Pendleton, Emily Maitland and Emma Poole.
Greene is the second woman to have won a 200m gold medal in Rio, joining London 2012 bronze medallist Ashley Molloy, who won a silver medal in the women’s 200m freemeyer.
“To be able to achieve this milestone is a massive honour for me,” said Greene.
“It’s a proud moment for me and for all of us at the Olympic team.”
We’ve been working really hard for this moment and it feels like we’re in control.