UWE Bristol student Andrew Pozzi wins Gold in 110m hurdles

Issue date: 10 May 2012


British hurdling athlete, Andrew Pozzi, who is a student at UWE Bristol struck Gold and smashed the record in the 110m Hurdles final at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) outdoor championships last weekend (5-6 May 2012), at the Olympic Stadium in London.

Andrew Pozzi stormed to success in the final with a time of 13.35 seconds beating the 'A' standard of 13.52 seconds hence becoming the fastest 19 year old to take part in this event.

Building on his success earlier this year when he equalled his personal best with a time of 7.62s at the BUCS indoor Championships in Sheffield. Andrew also went on to finish fourth at the World Championships representing Great Britain in Istanbul in March.

Andrew has been supported through the 'EliteUWE' scheme that entitles athletes to specialist physiotherapy, strength and conditioning training and nutritional guidance. He is also supported by UK Athletics and coached by their National Hurdles Coach, Malcolm Arnold, to whom he attributes a great deal of his success and development

Alex Isaac, Head of Sport at UWE Bristol, said, “We are delighted that Andrew is taking the form he showed during the indoor season through to the outdoor track and hope that through securing the qualifying standard at BUCS championships he can perform well enough at the Olympic trials to become part of team GB.”

At 19 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 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.

For more information about UWE's Centre for Sport, please visit www.uwe.ac.uk/sport.

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Notes to the editors

· The Centre for Sport at UWE is open to the community throughout the year and features a state of the art complex including a floodlit astroturf pitch, sports hall, indoor climbing wall and two fully equipped fitness suites. It also has a team of dedicated sports performance staff to support Elite athletes on the 'EliteUWE' scheme.

· General information on Andrew Pozzi here.

· Images of Andrew available upon request contact pressoffice@uwe.ac.uk

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