Pozzi strikes Gold at World Indoors!

15th March 2018

Co-captains Andrew Pozzi and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke delivered inspiring performances to add to the British team’s medal haul on the final day of action at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.

Great Britain and Northern Ireland ended the championships with seven medals overall, with Pozzi’s gold in the 60m hurdles coming after Oskan-Clarke’s bronze in the 800m earlier and a late addition with bronze in the women’s 4x400m relay.

Pozzi won his first global title in exceptional style, much to the delight of the home crowd. The Stratford-upon-Avon athlete’s first experience of watching athletics was in Arena Birmingham at British Championships many years ago, so it was a fitting finale for the local boy to secure gold on home turf.

Despite crashing into the second hurdle – which appeared to lose him ground on Jarrett Eaton – he fought back superbly with a dip reminiscent of British legend Colin Jackson, to win by just 0.01 seconds ahead of the American.

Pozzi, twice a fourth-place finisher at the World Indoor Championships, spoke afterwards:

“My heart stopped there. I knew at the fourth hurdle I was behind. I can’t describe how much I wanted it; I threw everything at the line hoping to get there and I just about got there.

“This championship has been incredible. To be voted co-captain is the biggest honour of my life. Every single member of this team has just been perfect and I just delighted I could win gold for them.

“Every interview I’ve done this year I have said I was in good shape but I came in ranked 10th/11th in the world. But in training I have been running 7.4s so I just had to remain confident that it would happen in competition. I knew it was coming but I knew it would be so competitive.”

He has earlier flown through the heats as the fastest qualifier for the final, a sizzling 7.46 clocking showing his class at that stage.

He added: “This is absolutely the springboard into the outdoors. I have about a week and then I’m heading out to the Gold Coast for the Commonwealths but there is no way I would miss coming to Birmingham for these world championships; it has been an absolute delight.”


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