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2017 European Indoor Championships: Andrew Pozzi Claims His First International Title In The 60m Hurdles

2017 European Indoor Championships: Andrew Pozzi Claims His First International Title In The 60m Hurdles

Britain’s Andrew Pozzi continued his fine form, winning the 60m Hurdles event in 7.51 seconds at the Kombank Arena in Belgrade, Serbia. The 24 year old crossed the finish line ahead of seven others including Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France who finished in second place 0.01 seconds behind him, followed by Czech Republic’s Petr Svoboda in a time of 7.53 seconds. The race also saw Denmark’s Andreas Martinsen set a new national record of 7.68 seconds.

Pozzi, who has this year’s world lead didn’t have the best of starts to the race but managed to compose himself to pull through in the end.

Before I even took my first stride I saw everyone had got out ahead. My heart stopped and then went into overdrive. I really fought all the way. It wasn’t pretty but thankfully I came through. That was 100% willpower. I hit quite a few hurdles but there was no way I was going to lose that race. I wanted it so badly.

With the World Championships approaching in five months, Pozzi will be hoping to add another major to his name, this time on home soil at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. After being out of competition for a lengthy periods of time due to a injuries, his come-back to the track has so far been nothing short of a miracle.

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