Commonwealth 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene on Game Changers

Last Updated: 12/12/13 7:00pm

Dai Greene told Game Changers that his journey to become Commonwealth 400m hurdles champion only really started at the age of 18 after spending much of his youth playing football.

The Welshman joined Di and Darren on this week's show to talk about his route into athletics and his ambitions for the coming season.

Greene revealed that his passion for football helped him become the world-class athlete who won the 2011 World Championships and 2010 European Championships as well as the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

"I could kick a ball really well with both legs and that helped me so much when it came to athletics," he said.

"That meant I could hurdle off both legs, so it gave me a bit of a head start really.

"I was always good at athletics and did a bit of both but when I went to university I found a group that trained every day and found some good friends that did it.

"So I started doing athletics seriously. It was probably quite late, about 18, when I really thought, 'that is what I am going to do, that is what I want to be, an Olympic athlete'."

The 27-year-old revealed that he trains at least four hours a day for six days a week as he works towards defending his Commonwealth Games title in Glasgow next summer.

He said: "We have the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games next year so I am really looking forward to them - four years ago I won them both so I'd like to go to those two championships and do the same and win two gold medals. That is my dream next year."

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