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Medal aim for Pozzi
8:00am Thursday 21st February 2013 in Sport
ANDREW Pozzi has set his sights on glory after being selected for the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg.
The 20-year-old former Alcester schoolboy has been included as part of the 29-strong Great Britain squad aiming to impress in Sweden between March 1 and 3.
Pozzi was selected to run the 60-metre hurdles despite pulling out of the trials final a fortnight ago as a precaution.
He also did not race in last weekend’s Grand Prix in Birmingham in order to ensure he fully recovers from a hamstring injury sustained in January.
But he’s been the quickest British hurdler so far this year and was the only one to obtain the qualification time.
“I picked up a small hamstring injury in January and my coach and I decided it was best not to compete in Birmingham as a precaution,” said the former St Benedict’s and Alcester High School pupil.
“It was the same the week before at the British trials last week, where I had made the final but did not race.
“But all I want to do is go out to Sweden, do my best and hopefully come back with a medal.”
With the World Champions in Moscow in August, Pozzi is aiming to build on a fine breakthrough year in 2012.
Fourth place at the World Indoor Championships as well as a stunning victory in the British Olympic trials saw him emerge as a bright new force in British hurdling.
But his dream of competing at London 2012 was dashed when injury forced him to pull up in the qualifying round.
But the Stratford AC runner believes he is stronger for the experiences last season.
“When I look back at what I achieved in 2012 I have to be happy, “ added the hurdler.
“The World Indoor Championships were a fantastic experience and winning the British Championships was unbelievable.
“The Olympics ended in disappointment but I learned a lot from it.
“It was my first taste of a major outdoor tournament and being involved taught me a lot about how to prepare and deal with an occasion like that.”