Back with a bang as hurdler Andrew Pozzi sets Rio 2016 Olympic standard

23 May 2016

Andrew Pozzi ran well inside the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifying time as he led a University of Bath one-two in the 110m hurdles at Sunday’s Loughborough International.

In his first outdoor race in Britain since the London 2012 Games, Pozzi scorched to a new personal best of 13.32 – comfortably quicker than the 13.47 he needed to be in contention for Rio selection.

Pozzi – coached by Malcolm Arnold at the Sports Training Village – has been hampered by injury during the past four years but will take great confidence from Sunday’s race, which follows on from an encouraging indoor season.

“Really, really happy to run a PB and Olympic qualifying time today in Loughborough,” he tweeted. “Hard four years but worth the wait.”

Runner-up was Sports Performance graduate David King, coached by James Hillier at the University, who also set a new personal best of 13.54.

Sport & Exercise Science student Jacob Paul, a Trendell Sports Scholar, was second in the 400m hurdles to former University of Bath athlete Seb Rodger.

Andy Robertson, coached by Dan Cossins, ran 10.33 for third place in the men’s 100m and Sophie Kamlish, part of Rob Ellchuk’s training group, was fifth in the women’s Para-Olympic 100m race in a season’s-best 13.54.

Sports Performance student Cameron Chalmers, coached by Cossins and Colin Bovell, continued his impressive form in 2016 as he ran a lifetime best of 46.87 to finish fourth in the men’s 400m.

Leon Reid, part of Hillier’s training group, ran a wind-assisted 21.10 to finish third in the 200m A race.

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