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Photography by Mr Billy Ballard | Styling by Mr Tony Cook
Words by Mr Peter Henderson

"I am not one of those athletes who's happy to be another extra. I wouldn't be in the sport if I didn't think that I could become the best in the world and win everything... and I will" declares the British hurdler Mr Jack Green, with justifiable confidence. At just 20 years old, Mr Green, originally from Kent, England, has already made a name for himself on the track: previously the UK No.1 in the under-20 age group for the 400m hurdles, he is now the reigning European champion in the under-23 category of the same event, and the 2012 London Olympics are set firmly in his sight: "hopefully, I can be the next John Akii-Bua, the guy who came from nowhere to suddenly drop an amazing time, and a world record, to win the Olympics," Mr Green says.

Taking a break from his studies at Bath University and intensive six-day-a-week training regime, the talented athlete helped us to demonstrate some of the best ways to wear shorts this summer. Whether you wear shorts with a blazer, shirt and loafers for a smart-casual event, or simply with a T-shirt and flip-flops by the pool, they are a summer essential - albeit one which has, in the past, been given an unjustifiably bad rap by a minority of men who insist on teaming them with sneakers, white sports socks and an overhanging gut. Here, with four stylish looks as inspiration, we set the record straight.