Andrew Pozzi

18/09/17 8:38pm

Andrew Pozzi: Looking to shine as a new Scholar
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Andrew Pozzi cannot wait to grasp the new opportunities as a Sky Scholar to help him become a hurdling legend.

The 25-year-old from Stratford-upon-Avon struggled with long-term injury problems after London 2012 but is now set to build on a stunning 2017 thanks to a variety of support as one of the new Sky Sports Scholars.

"I was elated when offered a place on the Scholarship program," Pozzi said. "When I read and heard more about it, I was so excited at everything it could offer my career and support my progress in moving forward to the next level.

"I take great confidence in knowing that I have the support, expert knowledge and experience from the program and its team for the next few years, offering me the chance to achieve my goals and work towards realizing my potential."

Pozzi grabbed the headlines in March this year in Belgrade with 60m hurdles gold to send a loud message to the world he was back in top shape.

"The best achievement of my career so far was winning those Indoor Championships. After so many injuries and setbacks in the last four years it was an incredible moment to take my first international championship title.

"I spent the entire indoor season as the leader setting the three fastest times in the world so to back that up when it mattered made it all the more important.

"Looking back, getting fourth at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul when I was 19 in my first season as a senior was amazing.

"I finished behind two Olympic champions and at that time in my career it gave me the belief that I belonged on the world stage.

"Another big boost for me was qualifying for London 2012 when I won my first senior British title in front of all my friends and family in front of a packed Birmingham crowd.

TOP FACTS

1) Born: 15 May 1992, Stratford-Upon-Avon
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Former British Junior Record holder (60m and 110m Hurdles)
3) European 60m hurdles champion in 2017

"At the beginning of that season I wasn't expected to qualify for the Olympics so to do that and be Britain's leading hurdler was a huge step forward."

Not making the final at this summer's World Championship in London was a blow, but with the help of Sky, Pozzi has big targets for the next four years.

"I plan on consolidating my position as one of the World's leading hurdlers in the build-up to the 2020 Olympics with the aim of winning a medal in Tokyo," he added.

"There are several important steps on the way starting with the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham next year.

"It will be a busy 2018 with the Commonwealth Games in Australia and the European Championships in Berlin. In 2019 the World Championships are in Qatar and this will be my first opportunity to win a world medal and for me an important step in showing readiness for Tokyo.

"As a Sky Sports Scholar, I will be looking to improve my personal best year-on-year from 13.14s to under 13s, putting me among the best in the world of all time."