Issue date: 26 June 2012
UWE Bristol student Andrew Pozzi has won the men's 110 metre hurdles at the British Olympic trials and gained a place in Team GB for London 2012 with a time of 13.41 seconds.
The trials, which took place at Birmingham Alexandra Stadium, also saw Lawrence Clarke and European Champion, Andy Turner competing – they came 2nd and 3rd respectively with times of 13.45 and 13.52. Clarke will be joining Pozzi at the Olympics whilst Turner achieved the Olympic 'A' standard.
Alex Isaac, Head of Sport at UWE Bristol said, “As a future Olympian and high achiever in education, Andrew is a fantastic ambassador for UWE Bristol and a role model for aspiring children seeking to combine education with a sporting career. We are absolutely delighted for him and look forward to cheering him on in our home Olympics.”
At 20 years old Andrew is undoubtedly a rising star in GB athletics and has a impressive record of achievements including being the current UK Senior indoor champion and holding the British Junior Record (13.29s in the U20 100m hurdles). Andrew has had an impressive season narrowly missing out on a medal at the World Championships whilst representing Great Britain in Istanbul last March.
Andrew Pozzi set his sights on senior competitions immediately after winning the silver medal at the 2011 European Junior Athletics Championships with a time of 13.57. He was ranked as the fastest Junior hurdler in Europe for the 110m Hurdles, 2011. He was also winner of the 'Outstanding Athlete of the Year' award at the UK Athletics Awards on 26 November 2011.
Andrew has been supported through the 'EliteUWE' scheme that entitles athletes to specialist physiotherapy, strength and conditioning training and nutritional guidance.
The first round of the 110m hurdles takes place at the Olympic Stadium on 7 August with the semi-finals and finals taking place the following evening.
For more information about UWE Bristol's Centre for Sport, please visit www.uwe.ac.uk/sport.