Illness ruins hopes of Dai Greene's title defence
DAI Greene was left ruing his luck after his world title defence came to an end at the semi-final stage.
The Llanelli man could only finish fifth in his 400 metres hurdles semi in Moscow.
He was almost two seconds outside his personal best.
It has been a wretched season for Greene, who won the world title in sensational fashion in Daegu two years ago.
He had a double hernia operation in the spring, while his summer has been ruined by a virus and Achilles problems.
Even last weekend, just days before the defence of his crown, he was struck down with sickness in Russia.
"That was harder than it should have been," he admitted.
"I haven't had any luck in recent weeks and these championships have probably come a week too early for me.
"After the problems, you are found wanting against the top guys."
He added: "Obviously I have had a tough last few weeks as I have not been able to do as much hurdling.
"I was ill on Friday and Saturday as well so it's been a nightmare last few days to be honest. I didn't know whether I'd be good enough to run. I didn't really know what I was capable of."