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open. Snooker, I absolutely love it. So it's a weekend off for the Six

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Nations, but there's still plenty did -- to discuss. How have Wales

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started, will they make changes and can they win the championship? We

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went to the principality stadium to discuss. Two weeks under our belt,

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what do you think of the Welsh performances? I haven't been that

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disappointed. I know they drew the first game against Ireland but they

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did a fairly good job. The intent is there to play and they will get

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better and better. They are still starting a little bit slow, but I

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think we'll see a vast improvement in the next three games. It's a

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difficult one, it's a bit of an anti-climax. I was in Dublin and

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Wales were the favourites. Ireland were decimated by injuries. Its

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single I can anti-climax. I talked to Sam Warburton after the match and

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he was disappointed. He thought they could have snatched it and it was a

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great opportunity, but you have to applaud Ireland. Wales had uphill

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battle to come back and they did well. That's testament to the morale

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and the ethos within the squad. All in all, good performance, but it

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wasn't a win. But Wales will improve.

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A negative was losing Dan, but it was a pretty good positive for the

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substitute to come on and play the way he did. It is great now to have

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two players fighting for that Jersey. I know Dan is the number-1

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talent, but Rhys come off the bench full of form. And you want to see

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that. It will bring the best out of each other. What did you think of

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the Wales and Scotland match? I'm not quite sure that they are the

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team everyone thinks they are. They scared Wales and I think for a good

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30 or 40 minutes me too. But Wales have that quality on the field. They

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have winners and the biggest plus is the quality and standard of the

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bench. Scotland did not have that whatsoever. Absolutely. I was

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impressed with the way that JB Roberts has conducted. He has come

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away with man of the match, rightly so. -- Jamie Roberts. How would you

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think he plays? His form has been brilliant and I feel a lot of

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batters down to you nurturing him. Standard. Developing him as a

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player. Jamie seems to me, the more he he loses, the better player he

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becomes. At the moment, he is on fire. He is trying to be you, Tom.

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But his carrying ability and hit comedy gets in the game

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straightaway. Some of them have been plundering and it is a massive plus

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to be way Wales want to play. Do you think that will make any changes to

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the French game? You do not change a winning team. Has the back row

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worked together? I like the combination. If you want to play a

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wider and faster game, you have to have speed. It depends on the way he

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wants to approach it. I think he will stick with the same team. What

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do you make of France? I think it is a good position. They have been

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rusty, but they are coming on in a positive way. I led her to beauty

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products -- island had to go to Paris and when. If Wales wants to

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get that big scalp against England in Twickenham, we do not want to

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fall this hurdle. How do you see the game going on Friday evening? The

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team looks good. The first try. That is a big call to throw in a player

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who hasn't played the rugby 15th in two years. I am a little bit

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worried. The downpour to France is the uncertainty at halfback. They

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seem to have different halfbacks every single year. It is difficult

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to build a team on that. There are weaknesses. But they are there to

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play. And as soon as they get their tails up, anything can happen. Wales

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need to be positive on that. Wales need to sort down the breakdown

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area. A war of attrition and that sort of area. Get the runners

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running around and try, if he is going to keep the same team, get

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people involved. Looking in that crystal ball, who do you think on

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March 19, will be crowned champions? I think if Wales can win, which I

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think they well against France, I think it puts it all up for grabs

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between Wales and England. That will be a great conclusion to the six

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Nations. I think Wales have got a fantastic opportunity. I have seen

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England play. But I think they are still a little bit scrappy. But I

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think Wales should have enough firepower to go up to Twickenham and

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take another scalp. I think the winner will come down to that

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England and Wales battle at Twickenham. I would love to see Ford

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and Farrell playing together. England had look fairly dangerous in

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attack. It will be a huge game. I think Wales will do it. Thank you

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very much for coming around and sharing your thoughts. Bring your

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boots. Nice one. To Swansea city and no much for them either this

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weekends, so a perfect opportunity for me to catch up with their new

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boss Francesco Guidolin. Good to meet you. How is life in Swansea?

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How are you settling in? I like Swansea. I like people and I am

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happy to be here. But my job is... A difficult job and I hope to do my

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job well. And to have a good last part of the season, because our

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table is not good now. But I am confident and positive for the

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future. People want you to do well. People are willing Swansea to

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survive and to stay up. How difficult is it, where Swansea are

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at the moment? We are worried a little bit, but I think we have the

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possibility, characteristics and quality is to survive the season.

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Are you worried about your two next games? High flyers? Spurs and

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Arsenal? My opinion is we have three months of battle. Yes, difficult

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battle, but I concentrated match by match. And now we have... And it is

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a very difficult match, but I am focused only on this much. Swansea,

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the Premier League, it has made such a difference to this town and to

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Welsh football. Do you get a sense, do you understand, how important it

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is to this city and to Wales? That Swansea are only Premier League? I

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think for Welsh people, it is very, very important to stay in the

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Premier League. I think Swansea is... The pride. The pride, one of

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them of Wales. And, yes, I think it is very important for this country

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to have a team in the Premier League. Are you happy here? Do you

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like Swansea? Do you like being here? Yes, I like to walk and this

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is a country fantastic for walking, for running. For cycling as well. I

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know you love cycling, it is a great passion of yours and you are a great

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fan of Geraint Thomas. Yes, I am. And I hope to meet him. We wish you

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all the best with Swansea city for the rest of the season. Good luck.

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Good luck. There's only 168 goes until -- days

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to go until the Olympics. Athletes are battling through qualification

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to make the cut. Only three women have ever won gold in history of the

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games. Cathy Williams went to meet one of our leading ladies hoping for

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success. Irene stare became the first Welsh female to win an Olympic

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gold medal back in 1912. Another followed and Jade Jones in 2012.

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Will Rio produce another? One athlete is fighting through her way

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to make history. And the first to compete in her sport, she hopes.

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Paris is the biggest Grand Slam of them all. It was the equivalent of

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the worlds. Natalie Powell is the favourite for Olympic selection this

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year and she is determined not to let history repeat itself. In 2012,

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she was cruelly dropped in favour of her GB rival Gemma Givens. Do you

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remember what you are feeling when you missed out on that place? It was

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just really disappointing, but I think the fact we had only been

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training for six months made it a little bit easier to deal with. If I

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had been training for four years and put everything into it and then

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missed out, I think it would be harder. I remember having dinner

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with Gemma and Natalie and in my search notes I had said that we

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should take Natalie, because she is the future. And that went down like

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a lead with Gemma. And I'm glad that the rest of the selectors didn't

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agree, because Gemma won a medal. Now I am working with Natalie and

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hopefully she can deliver the same. I knew at the time she was the

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better player, so it was fine. I was gutted, but I knew that I had a lot

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more to give. Two years after her Olympic disappointment, Natalie was

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challenged by Gemma once again. This time in Commonwealth Games final. I

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remember, just before the final, of people said they expected Gemma

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would step up and deliver the big performance. I had an inkling that

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actually Natalie was going to be a big performer. She stepped up in

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those times. If I am honest, she is such a nice girl, but she's a

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different person on competition day. To win win the gold is always been a

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massive goal of mine. To get to the final and do it the way it happened,

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yes, that was really, really special.

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The following year, 2015, you made history at the Masters. Tell me

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about that. That's by far the biggest achievement of my career so

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far. I took a massive step forward. Although I knew I could fight at

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that level, it showed me I can perform at that level and I am

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capable of doing it. But late last year her fitness was in doubt when

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she suffered a knee injury while competing for Team GB. It sucked.

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It's part of being an athlete. You get injuries. I'd had a tough year,

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I've competed most weekends and it was my body telling me to have a

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rest. The medical staff at sport Wales are fantastic and the second

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she was ready, she was back on the mat. So for the Commonwealth

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champion, there's just one more hurdle before getting a plane ticket

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to Rio. If she focuses on the Europeans and she wins that, which

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she is capable of doing, she'll definitely go to Rio. Seven of the

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world's top ten are European so if you wins the Europeans, she'll go to

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the Olympics knowing she can win that as well. If she wins the

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Europeans, it's all systems go. What would it mean to you to get that

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place and go to Rio? It's been everything I've been striving for

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for the last four years. I've been concentrating on it every day.

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Everything is tailored towards it. That's all I'm looking at. I haven't

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seen the other option of not going. If you made a list of Welsh sporting

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greats, Colin Jackson would be It was his birthday this week

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so we sent his friend, Christian Malcolm, along

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to his house to celebrate. Colin, you finally

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invite me to your house. I know, it's been a very long time,

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but yeah, you've made it here. Your Olympic history -

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you've won a little bit over the years, a couple

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of European Championships, World Championships,

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Olympic silver medal. What has Colin Jackson,

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the legend, won? We've got Olympic silver medal,

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two World Championship golds, two World Championship silvers,

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one World Championship bronze, one world record over 110 hurdles

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that's lasted for ten years, and you've still got

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the indoor record. One indoor gold, three

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world indoor silvers, three Commonwealth golds,

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four European gold medals and three So what happened

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in your career, mate? I got a couple of

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Commonwealth medals. European indoor gold,

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European indoor silver. The only thing I missed

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was the Olympics. You did all right, no,

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you did all right! I was blessed, I was

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blessed, I was blessed! Were you happy,

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disappointed with that? You're so competitive,

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I know what you're like. I'd won the World Championship

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bronze medal the year before so for me it was kind

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of like anything I got above a bronze was going to be

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a great performance. Kingdom is going to win it

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and Jackson is going Kingdom wins it, Jackson second

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and Campbell in third. It was exciting because it was my

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first Olympic Games. I think when you go to a major

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championships like an Olympic Games in a brand-new culture,

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you get the total experience of what the Olympic Games

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can really be like. You're meeting new people,

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you're in a village. It was really cool, but also,

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you can imagine I was thinking, in four years, I'm

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going to take the gold. The expectation, Barcelona,

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the next Olympics, was gold. McKoy wins it, McKoy

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is the Olympic champion. That would be one

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of the good things. Dai Greene has been world champion,

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we know what he's capable of. He's been just shy of the British

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record on a couple of occasions It would be good to see

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if he could get back truly on the international stage

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and raise his game to be up there, We know she had a cracking indoor

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season last year and she's started this indoor season

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really well as well. David Omoregie, your event,

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great hurdler, great talent, everybody saying he will be

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the next Colin Jackson. Yeah, a lot of people have been

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comparing David with me because of his success as a junior

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and coming through in that sense. He's been injured, as we know,

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and those injuries can hold you back, especially when you're

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doing a technical event. Because you are trying

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to learn a skill. The good thing about high hurdling,

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though, you can get to the age of 31, 32 and be still at your

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best and progressing. Have faith in the young boy

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because I think he's got the skills and the attributes that a good

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high hurdler requires. Colin, there is something

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I'd like to say. You look so young, you look

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like you haven't aged I heard it was your

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birthday this week. Yes, it was my birthday

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yesterday, actually. All I can say is congratulations

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and happy birthday from Sport Wales. And thank you for inviting

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me into your house. Snooker now and the Welsh Open

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reaches its climax this weekend with the final being

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played on Sunday. Mark Williams is the only Welshman

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to have ever won it, So we sent an old friend of his,

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Pritchard from Dirty Sanchez, We've got all the world's

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best players here today. We've got O'Sullivan

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stirring it up again. We've got my mate, Mark Williams,

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playing the world number one. Do you think I've got

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the right foundation? You've got quite a good record

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with Selby, haven't you? Played him quite a few times when he

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was a youngster coming through. I played him a few

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months ago and beat him. If you beat him now,

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who could you go through to play? There he is, big crybaby,

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Ronnie O'Sullivan. I'm here with Mark

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Williams' wife and son. How do you reckon he's

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going to get on today? Well, hopefully he'll do OK,

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playing against Selby so it will be Apparently he's actually beaten

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Selby more than Selby What do you think

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the score might be? Here he comes - the man,

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the myth, Mark Williams. He didn't even say hello

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to me, cheeky git! Michael White has led

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the way for Wales early on. The young man into

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the quarterfinals here. Let's find out if the veteran,

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Mark Williams, can join him as he faces the world

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number one, Mark Selby. Mark Williams, with 58,

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secures the first frame. Oh, mind you, just when he had

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the game at his mercy! I think Williams has given him

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a few too many chances. Tell me about the game,

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what happened? I just missed three

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simple balls that you... Well, maybe not you

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I had VIP seats, I was there watching.

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Who said snooker isn't rock and roll?

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Don't forget you can keep up with the latest from the Welsh Open

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all weekend here on the BBC, starting straight after this.

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Stay tuned for quarterfinal action with our very

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We're back next Thursday when we'll look ahead to Friday's Six Nations

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