Pozzi continues fine form

07 May 2012 / 14:36

Britain's Andy Pozzi smashed his personal best for the second time in two days on Monday and again achieved the Olympic qualifying standard for the 110 metre hurdles.

Pozzi exactly matched the 'A' standard of 13.52 seconds in the heats of the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championships, which doubled as the athletics test event in the Olympic stadium.

And after a slower run in the semi-finals, the 19-year-old - who finished fourth in the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul in March - stormed to victory in the final with a time of 13.35secs.

Pozzi said: "I am really pleased with the race in particular. I knew after my round of 13.52 that there was a lot more to come and I'm happy to get that.

"I think 13.3 is more reflective of where I thought I could run at this point in time. I am going to continue as I have been going. I've had a great year so far."

Pozzi defeated his idol and former Olympic champion Liu Xiang in the heats in Istanbul, also twice lowering his personal best on the way to the final, where he missed out on a medal by just 0.05s.

Fellow hurdler Lawrence Clarke also achieved the Olympic 'A' standard with a run of 13.50s in the UK Athletics race on Sunday evening, but Pozzi's performances were undoubtedly the highlight of the weekend.

World indoor bronze medallist Holly Bleasdale managed just 4.35m in the pole vault, while the likes of Perri Shakes-Drayton, Marilyn Okoro and Sophie Hitchon were late withdrawals.

British record-holder Lawrence Okoye did manage a creditable 63.57m in the discus, while Mervyn Luckwell achieved the Olympic 'B' standard with 80.60m in the javelin.