Dai Greene always knew retaining his Commonwealth crown would be beyond him, but the former world 400 metres hurdles champion was not going to pass up the opportunity of represent Wales at Glasgow 2014.
Four years on from winning gold in Delhi, the 28-year-old failed to make it out of the heats at Hampden Park after struggling on Wednesday morning.
Greene has barely raced this year due to injury and that lack of fitness showed as he tailed off dramatically towards the end of his heat, crossing the line fifth in 50.36 seconds - way off his personal best of 47.84 secs.
“I am disappointed, but a few months ago I didn’t think I’d actually be here on the start line,” Greene said.
“It’s not too disappointing because I had that blow a few months ago, that realisation my season’s not going to materialise as I want it to.
“I don’t like losing or finishing down the field, but I know myself I haven’t done enough training to be the champion of the Commonwealth.
“I know that it takes almost a year of training and that’s got to go really well. But I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to wear a Welsh vest and experience the crowd.”
Greene’s exit was certainly not for the lack of trying and admitted he was now unlikely to be representing Great Britain at the upcoming European Championships in Zurich.
“I didn’t to get the A-standard and obviously I was a little bit off that,” he said. “I don’t think there will be any races, I don’t think it will be wise for me to chase it too much.
“It’s likely that this will just be the end of it [the season] for me, but I’ll have a chat with Malcolm [Arnold, his coach]. It’s too soon for me to decide really.”
Greene’s exit means the only home nations representative in Thursday’s final will be Richard Yates after the English runner qualified as a fastest loser in 49.80s.
The women’s 800m heats proved more fruitful, despite Scotland’s Laura Muir, fresh from her disappointment in last night’s 1,500m final, withdrawing from the heats.
Another home favourite, Lynsey Sharp, helped put a smile back on the local’s faces by qualifying from the first heat, finishing second to England’s Jenny Meadows.
“It’s just an absolutely amazing atmosphere,” Meadows said. “I was lucky enough to do the Diamond League a few weeks ago here and that was a great reception as well.
“Obviously the Scottish crowd were cheering for Lynsey but they’ve gave me a really good reception as well. There’s a lot of Scottish and English flags around which is really inspiring.”