Greene targets Akabusi record

Dai Greene in Sheffield
Dai Greene in Sheffield
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Llanelli 400m hurdler Dai Greene, speaking at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffielf, has Kriss Akabusi’s 21-year-old British record in his sights as he bids to fight back after two years of injury-driven disappointment.

Former world champion Greene was hampered by a knee injury in his home Olympics and suffered the agony of finishing fourth in both his favoured event and the 4x400m relay.

Greene had run a personal best of 47.84secs - two hundredths outside Akabusi’s time - at a Diamond League meeting in Paris one month prior to the Games and hopes are high that he will hit the mark next year.

Greene told Press Association Sport: “For me it would be fantastic to beat the record because I’ve been so close to it for a number of years.

“I know Kriss very well - he’s always been incredibly supportive and he’s even nicer than when you see him on the TV.

“But the main focus is always on winning medals first and then the times will follow, so you can’t get too hung up on it.”

After also enduring hip problems throughout 2013, Greene has recently resumed training with his sights set on next year’s Commonwealth Games followed swiftly by the European Championships in Zurich.

Greene added: “I got back into training a couple of weeks ago and I’m keen to put the last couple of seasons behind me and get back on top.

“I had a lot of disappointment immediately after London because I came so close, but two months later I sat down with my coach and we realised I’d done as well as I could with the hand I’d been dealt that year.

“I don’t think many people could have done much better so in the end I gave myself a pat on the back but it took a long time for that to come round.”

Greene, who was speaking in his role as an ambassador for the Rising Stars of the Jaguar Academy of Sport, is also relishing more major events coming to Britain following the news that Birmingham will host the 2018 World Indoors.

“The more competitions we can get in Britain the better because you saw how well we did at the Olympics, and it will make more people want to get involved in the sport, as well as give me another opportunity before I retire,” added Greene.