Pozzi secures first senior national title

14 February 2012

Andy Pozzi collected his first senior national title at the weekend’s Aviva UK Trials and Championships in Sheffield.

The 19-year-old, who trains at the University of Bath with Malcolm Arnold, UK Athletics National Events Coach Hurdles, clocked the World Indoors qualifying standard as he won the 60m hurdles title at the championships. He equalled his pb with a time of 7.63 in the final.

“I was pleased with that run,” he said, “It was a clean run and I didn’t seem to hit any hurdles too hard. I’m going to go to Istanbul for my first Indoor World Championships now and I’m really looking forward to that.

“It should be a good experience and hopefully I can do well over there.”

There was disappointment Lawrence Clarke, also coached by Arnold, who was disqualified for a false start in the final after winning his heat in 7.75 seconds,

University of Bath French and Politics graduate Marilyn Okoro won the 800m title in 2:04.01. She said: “I’m really happy to have three wins out of three in 2012. That’s what it’s all about.”

Katherine Endacott, who completed an HND in Coach Education and Sports Performance at the University of Bath, took bronze in the 200m final.

Ashley Helsby, coached by Arnold, just missed out on the medals, finishing fourth in the 60m hurdles, while Amy Woodman, coached by James Hillier, came fifth in the long jump.

Ben Reynolds, also coached by Hillier, set an Irish under-23 record time of 7.75 seconds to win the 60m hurdles title at the Irish Indoor Championships.

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