Posted on 21 May 2007 - 00:30
Former Olympic 100 metres champion Maurice Greene, happy to emerge unscathed after finishing last in his heat at the Adidas Track Classic on Sunday, has set his sights on next month’s US nationals.
The 32-year-old American, making only his second competitive appearance of the year, clocked a time of 10.84 seconds but promised he would be back to his best for the June 20-24 US national championships in Indianapolis.
“I couldn’t even get out (of the blocks) today but I’ve got another month to get it strong,” Greene told reporters after trailing heat winner Steve Mullings of Jamaica by 0.65 seconds at the Home Depot Center.
"I didn’t expect anything. I didn’t come here with any expectations. I just wanted to come out and get some competition. I just wanted to finish the race and not be injured.
“They (organisers) asked me if I could come here and help out and I said I would,” added the three-times 100 metres world champion, whose only other appearance this year came at the Millrose Games in February.
“I wanted to see where I was and now I know what I need to do.”
Greene, who set a then world record of 9.79 seconds in 1999, tripped and fell in the men’s 60 metre dash at the Millrose Games in New York and finished last in a time of 27.70.
Asked what had to change for him before the US nationals, Greene replied: "I’ve got to get stronger in my legs.
“My legs are very weak right now. I have no power whatsoever. But I’ve got a good month and I’ll be good. I guarantee you, I promise. My next race will be the nationals and I will win.”
The heavily muscled 2000 Olympic gold medallist, largely inactive since April 2006 because of a nagging foot injury, said he had started training with intensity only two weeks ago.
“I’ve had some nagging things that have been bothering me,” added Greene, who has set his sights on regaining the 100 metres world record before the end of the year.
“Now when I go back I’ll lift a lot (of wrights), get stronger and be ready for the nationals.”