FORMER world, European and Commonwealth champion Dai Greene says he’s not fit enough to help boost Wales’ medal tally at Glasgow 2014, writes Andrew Penman.
Having lost gold medal prospects Becky James, Non Stanford, Helen Jenkins and Fred Evans in the past few weeks, Team Wales would have been pinning their hopes on Greene to come good.
But the 28-year-old is not expecting to be able to defend the title he won in Delhi four years ago, much as he'd love to.
Greene, who finished fourth at London 2012, has had a torrid time over the last year or so having undergone three hernia operations in nine months.
Unsurprisingly he has hardly raced this season and insists the task to defend his title from Delhi 2010 hasn’t been made any easier by his lack of race practice.
“I have dreamed of winning the gold medal again and would love to repeat that,” said Greene. “It is tougher now but I will give it my best shot.
“I’m feeling good but I’m still not as fit as I want to be,” he added.
“I’m not going to be at my best but I’m very grateful to be fit enough to compete because representing Wales means a lot to me.
“I’m just going to be taking it round by round, hoping to build up my strength as I go.”
Greene will be competing against Welsh rival Rhys Williams, who won the European title in 2012, but he says his main challenge will come from elsewhere in the Commonwealth.
“There are a lot of other athletes running faster than the both of us at the moment,” said Greene.
“The South Africans and the Jamaicans are leading the way and they’ll be the ones I’ll be looking at and hopefully meeting in the final.”
Then it’s on to the European Championships in Zurich in August as Greene looks to recapture the title he won in Barcelona in 2010.
“I still need to run the A standard for the Europeans and I should be able to do that at these Games,” he said.
“Then when the Europeans come round I should be in a stronger position with a few more races behind me.”