Greene hopes for gold at Euro Champs

Greene hopes for gold in Zurich
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Great Britain's Dai Greene is aiming to bounce back in 2014 after a difficult two years.

Great Britain’s 400m hurdler Dai Greene is focused on trying to regain the European Athletics Championships title in Zurich this summer.

In 2010, he claimed a gold medal in Barcelona and at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi later in the year.

Greene then went on to win the world title the following year in Daegu.

“The Europeans was my first major title and I would love to get back to winning ways,” he told walesonline.co.uk.

Greene is now looking to bounce back after two injury plagued seasons.

He finished fourth at the Olympic Games in London behind veteran runner Felix Sanchez after a knee problem had affected his preparation.

Also last year in Moscow, he was unable to properly defend his world title after hernia and calf pains saw him exit in the semi-finals.

“I think I can come back even stronger, but you have to keep your eyes on the prize and think back to the time when everything was going well for me,” he continued.

Gaining encouragement from some of his competitors who have performed well in their thirties, Greene, 27, feels that he can return to the forefront.

“I am still relatively young for my event when you consider the guys I race against and Sanchez won in London at 34.

Greene is also looking forward to representing his country of Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year.

“I get less chance to run for Wales than I do for Great Britain and it’s always a great honour.”

At the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki in 2012 it was another Welshman, Rhys Williams, who took gold.

“Wales have done well in recent years in 400m hurdles event and I was happy to see Rhys defend my title in Finland.”

Greene has been training injury free through the off-season, it seems that he is in the best shape he has been in for years and remains ambitious regarding his performances this year.

“It is too early to say at the moment how fast I will run but I know at my best I can run under 48 seconds, and that’s what I will need to do to win medals.”

We hope he accomplishes his bid to return to his former glory and that his injuries of the past will remain there.