Andrew Pozzi won the 110m hurdles event at the Loughborough International on Sunday 22 May, setting a new personal best with a time of 13.32 (+1.5m/s). Despite hitting the eighth and ninth hurdles, the 24 year old managed to also win the race in Olympic qualifying time in what was his second outdoor event of the season and first in the UK for four years.
The win also put him top of the British rankings and levelled him in the world rankings at joint-17th with 2008 Olympic Champion Dayron Robles heading into the Rio Games. The result means that Pozzi needs just one more qualifying standard result and a top-two finish at the British Championships in June to secure his spot at the Games for Great Britain.
After a string of injuries which saw the Nike athlete limp off his heat at the 2012 London Olympics and set him back from competing in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, his victory at the Indoor British Athletics Championships earlier this year and yesterday’s result prove that the Stratford Athletic Club star has got more to offer.
“I think that was pretty rusty on the back end.
I was really pleased with how I ran until about hurdle six and then I just lost control a little bit, but there’s a lot more to come.”
Pozzi is now hopeful of joining the nation’s elite list of track and field athletes including Greg Rutherford, Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, who all won gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Immediate support on Twitter came through following the victory by fans and fellow athletes:
— Martyn Rooney (@MartynRooney) May 22, 2016
13.32 season opener and PB for @andrew_pozzi ??????
— Dai Greene (@DaiGreene) May 22, 2016
— Shaun Pickering (@ShaunDPickering) May 22, 2016
Is that right? 13.32 for @andrew_pozzi ? Abso-flippin'-lutely Fan-bloody-tastic!
— Ian Sharpes (@IanTnf) May 22, 2016
— Siân Davies (@siand85) May 22, 2016