Greene vows to enjoy himself

23 January 2013 / 17:55

World champion Dai Greene will begin 2013 with a vow to enjoy himself.

Greene was one of Team GB's few high-profile failures at the Games after he missed out on a medal - 12 months after he was crowned 400 metres hurdles world champion.

The Welshman was captain of Great Britain's athletics team but finished fourth after running a slower time than in his semi-final.

Greene admits he was left devastated in the weeks afterwards.

But six months on, the 26-year-old has a brighter outlook on life as he prepares for a new season at this weekend's British Athletics Glasgow International Match in Glasgow.

Greene will step up to the rarely-run 600m distance at this weekend's British Athletics Glasgow International Match in Glasgow as he looks to kick off a year that will hopefully see him defend his world title.

The race will provide one of the highlights of the meet with Greene relishing the novelty of going up against Olympic 800m finalist Andrew Osagie in a mid-range showdown.

"I don't run this distance too often. I think I ran it once or twice when I was younger," he said.

"I'm looking forward to it. It's good to run against new athletes.

"I have enjoyed my winter training alot and I am enjoying athletics again which I didn't feel I was last year.

"It's good to get that back."

Greene has taken further comfort in an injury-free winter that has prompted him to make an early return to competition this weekend.

"I feel a lot better compared to last year - it is a massive improvement," he said.

"Things are moving in a far better direction than 12 months ago.

"There is a desire to get back into competition and to be healthy again.

"My main focus, of course, is going to be the outdoor season. I'll only run the 600m (this weekend) rather than the 400m. The thought was that if I ran 400m I would have tapered down too much.

"Like I said it is a chance to enjoy myself.

"I have considered doing this in the past but I didn't want to jeopardise my preparation. This year things have gone smoothly so why not have a go."