STRATFORD Athletic Club’s world indoor 60m hurdles champion Andrew Pozzi feels ready to challenge for a medal at next month’s European Championships in Berlin.
Pozzi showed improved form at the weekend’s Anniversary Games in London, where he finished fourth in the 110m hurdles in 13.36 – his fastest time since returning from the Commonwealth Games in April – despite hitting the eighth and final hurdles which scuppered his hopes of victory.
His fastest time this year in his speciality event – 13.29 – ranks him fifth in Europe heading to Germany (August 7-12).
“I wanted a bit more, but it is not the end of the world,” said the 26-year-old. “There were some good bits in there, it was a solid run.
“I definitely need to do better than I have done so far this season, but the aim in Berlin will be to win a medal. I have to improve, but I know I can do that when I need to at the championships.”
Paris Diamond League winner Ronald Levy, of Jamaica, clinched the 110m hurdles win with a 13.13 season’s best. The Commonwealth champion – who was also victorious at the World Cup – was followed home by the USA’s Devon Allen (13.30) and Freddie Crittenden (13.33) in second and third places respectively.
Pozzi also contested the 100m in London and clocked a lifetime best of 10.44, smashing the Stratford AC club record in the process.
“The 100m was just to have a bit of fun,” he added. “I did it at a day’s notice with no preparation for it, but I really enjoyed getting back out again in the blocks and getting another competitive start in.”