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Dai Greene: 'I just didn't have it in the tank'

Dai Greene told BBC Sport "I just didn't have it in the tank", after failing to qualify for the final, to defend his 400m hurdles world title.

The 27-year-old from Llanelli has been struggling with fitness and illness going into the World Championships at Moscow.

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Disappointment for @daigreene as he finishes 5th in 49.25 and won't be in the final to defend his world title

Bridgend athlete Rhys Williams also failed to make the 400m hurdles final.

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It's 4th place for @rhys400h in the second semi-final of the men's 400mh. His time of 49.29 not quite enough to make the final #moscow2013

Greene and Williams fail to qualify for hurdles final

Dai Greene struggled in his heat - and looked short of his best form again today. Credit: PA

Welsh athletes Dai Greene and Rhys Williams have both failed to qualify for the final of the 400m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

Greene, the defending champion from 2011, has been dogged by injury and illness and finished his semi-final in 49.25 seconds, down in fifth place.

Williams was fourth in his semi-final, in a time of 49.29 seconds - not good enough to make the final.

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Greene and Williams in 400m hurdles semi-finals

Dai Greene will run in the third semi-final, having struggled through his heat yesterday. Credit: PA

Welsh athletes Dai Greene and Rhys Williams will compete in the 400m hurdles semi-finals at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow this afternoon.

Greene was ill over the weekend, adding to a calf tear that has hampered his build-up. "Fingers crossed I can rest up enough and put in a better performance," he said. "If I feel like this [for the semi-final] then realistically I'll have no chance of getting a medal, but I hope I'll feel better."

Rhys Williams will run in the second semi-final this afternoon. Credit: PA

Greene hoping to recover from illness for semi-finals

Dai Greene was the 15th-fastest qualifier overall for the 400m hurdles semi-finals at the World Athletics Championships.

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Thanks for the messages of support. Not my best today but hopefully I can produce better tomorrow #moscow2013

The defending world champion, who finished fourth at London 2012, said: "I've had a tough few weeks. I've not been able to do as much hurdling and it showed a bit at the end. I was ill on Friday and Saturday, so it's been a nightmare few days to be honest."

"We were wondering if I'd be good enough to run today. We didn't know what I was capable of. Hopefully I'll be a bit better tomorrow. If I feel like this tomorrow then realistically I'll have no chance of getting a medal, but I hope I'll feel better."

Morse 'very disappointed' at World Champs exit

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Didn't anticipate that I would finish my world champs needing a scan on my back.

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Obviously very disappointed about this morning but thanks to everyone for the support this year. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger

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Greene struggles through at start of world title defence

Greene faded in the home straight to finish in 49.79 seconds. Credit: PA

Welsh hurdler Dai Greene struggled through his heat - as he began the defence of his world 400m hurdles title in Moscow.

The 27-year-old from Llanelli came home fifth in the final heat, which would have left him relying on a fastest loser spot, but moved up to fourth when Puerto Rico's Eric Alejandro was disqualified.

That secured him a place in tomorrow's semi-finals.

Greene won gold in the 400m hurdles in Daegu in 2011.

Greene has been struggling with form and fitness since his world title two years ago. Credit: PA

Dai Greene in Athletics World Championships

Dai Greene has been affected by injuries this season Credit: Myunggu Han/Empics Entertainment

Welsh hurdler Dai Greene will begin the defence of his 400 metres hurdles crown at the Athletics World Championships in Moscow later.

The 27-year-old won the world title in Daegu two years ago.

Fellow Welsh athlete Rhys Williams is also set to run in the heats.

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