Turner aims to thrive on pressure

28 February 2012 / 17:26

European and Commonwealth hurdles champion Andy Turner hopes the positive energy of the British crowd can inspire him to a place on the Olympic podium.

Turner is working his way back to full fitness from an Achilles problem which hampered his performance at the recent Aviva International in Glasgow and so will miss the upcoming World Indoor Championships.

"We are going to get more pressure. On the start line each British athlete will get the biggest cheer of the day," Turner told Press Association Sport as he helped promote The National Lottery Olympic Park Run with a training session at Lee Valley Athletics Centre.

"It is how you harness that energy from the crowd. Some people could potentially bottle it, but I am at the point in my career where I can harness that energy and use it to my good. Hopefully that will give me the extra 10% I am going to need to close in on the top guys."

The 31-year-old will soon head out for some intensive warm-weather training in the United States before fine tuning his preparations ahead of the Olympic trials.

Turner was awarded a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships, having been promoted from fourth place following the disqualification of Cuban Dayron Robles, who was adjudged to have impeded China's Liu Xiang.

The Nottingham athlete will head out to Florida for seven weeks of "hard graft" alongside American hurdler David Oliver, Olympic bronze medalist in Beijing, as the Briton starts to narrow his focus ahead of London.

"I cannot explain the desire to be back standing on the rostrum, but winning a medal at the Olympics is going to be 20 times harder than it was at the World Championships," Turner said. "I know that I have got work to do to even be within a shout of that, but the desire is there more than ever.

"Being handed a medal is not the way anybody would like to win a medal. For me it is not so much standing on the rostrum and being given it, more it is the feeling of crossing the line and knowing that when you look up at the scoreboard your name is in the top three.

"That is the kind of feeling I remember from Barcelona [in the 2010 European Championships] and the Commonwealth Games and is the one I want again, that when I cross the line, I know that I have won a medal by beating everybody else, rather than by someone being disqualified."

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