Andrew Pozzi travelled to Sheffield for the British Athletics European Trials & UK Championships as the 2nd fastest 60m Hurdler in Europe with a time of 7.58 seconds (just 0.01 seconds behind Balazs Baji of Hungary). Hopes were high of a gold medal and another fast time.
In his semi-final, Pozzi cruised to an easy victory in 7.62 seconds, inside the European Championships qualifying time of 7.65, and he was the fastest qualifier for the final. However, he decided not to line-up for the race as a precautionary measure.
The initial news in the stadium and the press was that Pozzi had injured his hamstring, but he said later in the day that this wasn’t the case.
When Pozzi was interviewed after the semi-final race he was looking forward to running a good time in the final and, while he didn’t feel he had run up to his best, he knew what was required to correct the minor errors.
Pozzi was happy with his reaction time out of the blocks but was less pleased with his speed to the first hurdle and it took him longer to get going than he would have liked. By hurdle three he began to gain some momentum and felt that it was another reasonable performance after his 7.58 in Birmingham.
Pozzi’s main aim for the short-term future is to stay healthy, put in some good training and avoid any further injury niggles.
Pozzi is set to take part in the Aviva Grand Prix at the NIA on Saturday 16th February where, all being well, he will line-up for a semi-final and a final. The action will be shown live on BBC One.