Greene for go as Dai heads indoors for 600m opener
Dai Greene will make his first indoor appearance for six years this weekend as he starts his preparations for this summer's World Championship title defence.
The 26-year-old, who trains at the University of Bath, will be running over the unusual distance of 600m at the British Athletics Glasgow International Match, going up against London 2012 800m finalist Andrew Osagie.
Saturday’s race will be Greene’s first competitive appearance since finishing fourth with the British 4x400m relay team at the Olympics – having also just missed out on a medal in the 400m hurdles.
“This year I will be defending my World title, so it’s really important that I hit the ground running with a strong start in Glasgow,” said Greene, who was hampered by a knee injury in 2012.
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“It will be the first time I have run indoors since 2007 but it will be good to test out my strength over a longer distance and see how I match up. I’m hoping to post a good time to set me up for a big year ahead.
“I’m really looking forward to getting a full winter’s training under my belt after last year’s was interrupted, so to compete at this brand-new facility in front of a packed crowd is something I’m really excited about.”
Greene – who won the world 400m hurdles title in Daegu in 2011 – will represent a Commonwealth Select team, while Osagie will compete in GB&NI colours.
Athletes from the USA, Germany and Russia will also compete in the first international athletics event to be held at Glasgow’s new state-of-the-art 5,000 seat arena.
Also taking part in her home country will be Eilidh Child, who is part of Malcolm Arnold’s training group – along with Greene – at the university.