Greene confident over Olympic bid
Dai Greene insists he paid no attention to the negative thoughts and is happy his bid for 400m hurdle Olympic gold is right on track.
Knee surgery during the off-season had raised doubts over the reigning world, European and Commonwealth champion's ability to add Olympic glory to his CV, which were worsened after a disappointing start to the season.
However, Greene laid down a marker with his latest run when he clocked a new new personal best of 47.84secs in Paris last week - just 0.02secs outside the 20-year-old British record set by Kris Akabusi.
"I seem to be coming into form at the right time, which is what it's all about in our sport," Greene said.
"I always knew it would be tough to get to this point, but having come through it I feel very confident now going into London.
"I knew I would be scrutinised a lot more in Olympic season. I knew if people saw a world champion who wasn't winning races they would be asking questions.
"They expect you to be at the front, but I knew that wasn't going to be the case in January, February time, so I had a lot of time to prepare myself for that and I have a good coach and people around me who helped me stay focused on the bigger picture."
The Team GB athletics captain is set to go head-to-head on Friday night with the favourite for Olympic gold Javier Coulson at the London Grand Prix.