Anniversary Games: Greene out of Anniversary Games

World 400m hurdles champ Dai Greene

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World 400m hurdles champ Dai Greene will miss the Anniversary Games in London due to an Achilles problem as he looks to get back to full fitness in time for World Championships.

The 27-year-old, who had to withdraw from last Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Monaco with an inflamed Achilles tendon, has now confirmed he will miss the Anniversary Games.

Greene’s season has been dogged by injury and illness after he underwent a double hernia operation in March but it is hoped this latest setback will not keep him out of the World Championships.

Greene has been included in the Great Britain team for the Championships which begin on August 10th and all being well he will get the chance to defend the title he won on Daegu in 2011.

“World champion Dai Greene will not compete in London after failing to recover from a slight niggle in his leg,” his management company tweeted. “Main focus is now the Worlds!”

The Welshman’s form has been badly affected by the injuries as he finished fifth behind Welsh rival Rhys Williams in the Birmingham Diamond League meeting in June.

He then suffered another defeat to German Silvio Schirrmeister at the European Team Championships in Gateshead, before he ran a season’s best earlier this month as he won the British Championships.

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