Dai Greene expects a tough challenge at the Sainsbury's Grand Prix in Birmingham this weekend as he begins preparations for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
Greene, continuing his return from a double-hernia operation, raced for only the second time since the injury at the European Team Championships last week, managing to secure a second-place finish.
The 27-year-old admitted he wasn't expecting his opponents to be so fast, but he he acknowledges that things like that have a chance of happening when you’re a couple of months behind.
“I was caught napping a bit technically,” explained Greene. “It just goes to show that I have missed a bit of training and the technical side of things is improving but to be caught out as I was is a stark reminder that I need to keep focusing and stay on point," he told Athletics Weekly.
“I’m looking forward to running this weekend. It’s nice to run a race so close to the last one, I can try and make amends for what happened.”
Greene has struggle during the final stretch of his races due to having reduced the amount of speed endurance work he does, yet he remains confident it's nothing that hard work can't put right.
“The tail-end of my race isn’t as strong as it needs to be. The only way you get better at it is by training hard I’m probably six to eight weeks behind schedule so I’d like to think that at the start of July the times will start to come down a bit.
“It’s no big deal because I know that it will come in a few weeks, every race should become easier.”
For now, Greene's attention is on Birmingham, however The IAAF Championships in Moscow are clearly on the world champions mind and he remains upbeat about his chances.
“I am confident because I know that I’ve got time to improve,” he says. “I know that when it comes around to Moscow I’ll feel lot more confident knowing that I’ve competed against these guys below-par and I think I’ve got quite a bit of time I can drop this season.”
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