University of Bath-based hurdler Andy Pozzi just missed out on the medals at his first World Indoor Championships yesterday (Sunday), finishing fourth.
Pozzi, who is coached at the University of Bath by Malcolm Arnold – UK Athletics National Event Coach Hurdles, set a personal best of 7.61 seconds to win his heat and further cut it to 7.56 seconds to finish runner-up in his semi-final of the 60m hurdles.
The 19-year-old, who was making his senior GB debut at the championships in Istanbul, just missed out on the medals in the final.
He said: “I gave a good performance in the end, that’s the most important thing. Unfortunately the race didn’t quite go perfectly but I had two races that went perfectly and one that was 99 per cent there so I’m happy with that
“I didn’t come off hurdle three perfectly but it’s such a minor thing really. Then unfortunately I hit the last one quite hard, but 7.58secs I’m happy with. We’re just looking towards the future now and hopefully I can be a permanent fixture on the senior Great Britain team.”
Ben Reynolds, who is coached by James Hillier at the University of Bath, reached the semi-finals of the 60m hurdles running for Ireland. He finished seventh.
University of Bath alumni Marilyn Okoro and James Brewer both featured in GB vests at the championships. Okoro, a French and Politics graduate, finished fourth in her 800m heat, but with just the winner of each round sure of progressing, she did not go through to the final. Mathematics graduate James Brewer came 11th in his 1500m heat.
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