Team GB

Reflections on the Indoor season

9th April 2014

Andrew Pozzi returned to action in February after missing a year of competitive action.

Andrew raced 11 times (heats included) in the last month of his indoor season which culminated in the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland.

“I was delighted to start February with a joint win at the British Athletics Championships and World Championship Trials,” said Andrew, whose 7.64s in the heat and final secured his place in Sopot.

“I am looking to use this indoor season as a springboard to a successful outdoor season.”

“The win earned me an invite to the Birmingham Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix, were I ran my second fastest time ever of 7.57s. I felt this brought me back into the top tier of World Athletics.”

Pozzi had finished ahead of reigning 110m Hurdles World Champion David Oliver and European Champion Sergey Shubenkov, the ranking him 5th in the world.

Andrew set a brand new Championship record at the British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) Championships running 7.57 seconds. He had gone into the event in Sheffield as firm favourite holding the previous record of 7.64s from 2012.

Before heading to Sopot, Andrew’s last preparation race was in Prague where he finished second with a run of 7.60s. A lengthly delay coming back resulted in an unscheduled overnight stay in London and missing some planned training ahead of the Championships but he wasn’t to be deterred…

“Whilst the preparation was not ideal I recovered in time to start my campaign with a win in the heats running 7.56s to qualify for the semi-finals.”

“The semi-final was not so straightforward and after an awful start in which I heavily hit the first hurdle, I crossed the line in 2nd place running 7.56s again despite hitting 4 out of the 5 hurdles!”

Pozzi was drawn in lane 3 after qualifying sixth fastest from the semi finals but given the run was in confident mood he could finish higher.

“I ran a strong race, a new personal best of 7.53s to finish 4th. It was frustrating being so close to winning a medal for a second time at these Indoor Championships but given my troubles and expectations entering the indoor season, I can look back on it with a lot of pride.”

“I am looking to use this indoor season as a springboard to a successful outdoor season.”

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