Team Wales 400m hurdler Dai Greene has been forced to withdraw from competition on the Gold Coast because of a hamstring injury.
The former World, European and Commonwealth Champion suffered a grade one muscle tear in training in Australia and will not be able to start the 400m Hurdles heats on Tuesday.
Dai Greene said, “I am really disappointed to miss out on what would have been my fourth Commonwealth Games.”
“It’s been an emotional 18 months and this is hard to take at such a late stage.”
“Representing Wales is special for me. That’s why I fought so hard through a difficult period of injury to make it to the Games.”
Greene, who turns 32 on Wednesday, will now turn his attention to supporting his team-mates in competition on the Gold Coast.
“We have a group of brilliant athletes out here and I will be cheering them on to more medal success. Bethan Davies really set the tone for us with a bronze in the first event and now Livvy Breen has delivered a gold. I am confident there are more medals to come. I look forward to celebrating that success.”
He added, “There is still so much to be positive about. The times I ran in South Africa last month were good for this early in the year. That has given me a lot of optimism for the season ahead. Despite this disappointment, I am still in a good place for the summer.”
Commenting on Dai’s decision to withdraw, Team Wales Chef de Mission Professor Nicola Phillips commented:
“We share Dai’s obvious disappointment. It’s always a blow to lose an athlete of his calibre, who knows what it takes to win at the Commonwealth Games. We will give Dai every support and look forward to seeing him back on the track soon.”
She added: “We all admired the way Dai fought his way back from a long spell injury to qualify for the team. The way he has dealt so positively with this setback speaks volumes for his character.”
Scott Simpson, Head of Performance for Welsh Athletics, said:
“We were all thrilled with what Dai was able to do in South Africa in February. To get the A standard twice and seal his place at the Games was fantastic. The form he showed meant he was set to be a serious contender here. He trained well after those races, but after arriving here in Australia, he picked up a hamstring injury which, despite our best efforts, we haven’t been able to overcome. It’s very disappointing that he’s had to withdraw. But we are confident this could still be a great season for him.”