Stratford's Pozzi targets a medal at Commonwealth Games - The Stratford Observer

Stratford's Pozzi targets a medal at Commonwealth Games

Stratford Editorial 28th Oct, 2017   0

STRATFORD AC hurdler Andrew Pozzi is setting his sights on penning a new chapter in England’s history in the Commonwealth Games.

The 25-year-old has been named in the England squad to compete in next April’s Games in the Gold Coast, Australia.

The European Indoor champion will compete in the 110 metres hurdles, alongside team-mate Dave King, as part of 75-strong athletics contingent.

Pozzi is already looking forward to heading Down Under with the target to challenge for a medal and follow the likes of David Hemery and Tony Jarrett as winners for Team England in the event.

“I’m delighted to have been selected to represent England at the Games in Australia,” said Pozzi.

“England has a superb history in the 110m hurdles at the Commonwealths and I’m excited to have the opportunity to continue this.

“The Games is a key part of a very exciting 2018 season for me where I hope to build on the progress I made in 2017.

“They will be extremely competitive with some of the world’s best hurdlers from the Commonwealth countries and I’m excited to challenge for a place on the podium.”

Despite setting PBs in 2017, he endured a frustrating World Championships in London after missing out on a place in the final.

But before the Commonwealth Games, Pozzi will be targeting the World Indoor Championships which will be hosted at the NIA in Birmingham at the start of March.

Pozzi will join the likes of Adam Gemili, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Greg Rutherford and Dina Asher-Smith in the Team England squad.

Sarah Winckless, chef de mission for Commonwealth Games England, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be announcing such a strong athletics team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“We’re putting forward some of the best athletes in the world and we’re confident we’ll be sending the most prepared English team to Australia next April.”

Martin Rush, Team England athletics team leader, said: “With just 75 places available, selection was always going to be a difficult task given the number of high-performing English athletes, but we’re happy we’re taking a team that will be ready to perform at their best in Australia.”

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will run from Wednesday, April 4 to Sunday, April 15, 2018.


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