Rhys Williams aiming to take Greene's number one spot

Rhys Williams
Williams was a silver medallist at last year's European Championships

Welsh 400m hurdler Rhys Williams believes he can be number one in Europe despite a disappointing start to the season.

The 27-year-old says he can improve on last year's performances and overtake fellow Welshman Dai Greene.

Williams, overshadowed by Greene's wins, had to settle for second and third respectively in the European Championships and Commonwealth Games.

"I'm not happy being second in Europe, I want to be first," said Williams

"That's my target. Obviously Dai Greene's running so well."

Williams announced last December he was quitting his training camp in Bath to team up with performance coach Dan Pfaff in London.

Although happy with the move, Williams conceded he had been disappointed with his performances so far this season.

In his last two races he finished eighth in the 400m hurdles at May's Diamond League meeting in Rome and seventh in the IAAF Athletics World Challenge held in Ostrava two month's earlier.

"I've changed coaches this year [and] couldn't have a better support team around me," added Williams.

"I couldn't have had a better year's training to be fair. However I've just done two races and they have gone absolutely dreadful.

"It's been a weird start but I'm really looking forward to this season."