Greene out to forget Olympic woe
World champion Dai Greene will begin 2013 with a vow to enjoy himself again following the disappointment of his London Olympics.
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 the indoor event as he looks to kick off a year that will see him defend his world title without the pressures of the past 12 months.
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. It's good that there isn't much pressure and I can enjoy myself which will be a welcome change from last summer.
"I didn't quite get the results in the summer. I was disappointed with the way it went.
"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's preparations for 2012 were undermined by a knee injury, which required surgery last winter, and ultimately played its part in his London disappointment.
He had been vocal about his chances in the lead-up to London but denies he has lost any confidence ahead of his world title defence in Moscow this summer.
"Short term afterwards I was disappointed," he said.
"But six or eight weeks later we looked back and said we should give ourselves a pat on the back for what we achieved given the circumstances and how high we set the standards.
"I certainly didn't write off the season. I eventually stopped giving myself a hard time.
"I don't feel as though I have lost confidence. When I reflected on last season I did fall just short but you can not be on top of sport the whole time.
"Hopefully this year I will defend my title."
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."