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Andrew Pozzi will participate in the third Olympic Games in Tokyo; The 110m hurdles arrives in Japan with confidence

Last update: 07/24/21 11:47 am



Tokyo Olympics: Andrew Pozzi arrives with confidence in pursuit of the 110m hurdles medal |  Olympic Games News







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Briton Andrew Pozzi assesses his chances of winning a medal in the 110m hurdles at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020

Briton Andrew Pozzi assesses his chances of winning a medal in the 110m hurdles at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020

Great Britain’s 110m hurdles Andrew Pozzi said his training ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics suggests he is coming to the Games as good as ever despite a lack of competition this season.

Pozzi, 29, is aiming for his first Olympic medal in his third appearance after previously competing in London, where he injured his sleeves, and Rio.

In the 2020 season, disrupted by the coronavirus, Pozzi reported he had the ability to be a medal contender for the delayed Tokyo Games by setting three of the world’s six fastest times.

However, after starting 2021 with silver European Indoor 60m, he overcame a few “minor hurdles” that kept him from competing with the hard work he did at his base in Formia, Italy.

“I have had a few bumps, interruptions over the past six weeks,” said Pozzi Sky Sports News after arriving in Tokyo.

“I missed a few races that I had scheduled, but I am training at a much higher level than ever before, a higher level than last year when I equaled my personal best and ran very constant at medal times.

“I’m coming with a lot of confidence. I haven’t had a good racing season in terms of opportunities this year, it’s been a lot more difficult.”

Tokyo Olympics: Andrew Pozzi arrives with confidence in pursuit of the 110m hurdles medal |  Olympic Games News

Andrew Pozzi among the medal contenders for the GB team in Tokyo

Pozzi finished third behind Jamaican duo Ronald Levy and Omar McLeod at the British Grand Prix at Gateshead in his final event earlier this month – just his fifth race in the 110m hurdles this year.

“Being objective, looking at the season, I’m probably ranked 10th,” added Pozzi, who has yet to hit the 13.25 mark this year.

“There are a lot of people who have been running fast times this year. I sure haven’t and there are two other people going. It’s a very competitive event this year.

“I would really love to win a medal, but to be realistic my goal is to run the best of the season or the best personal as late as possible, ideally it’s the final.

Tokyo Olympics: Andrew Pozzi arrives with confidence in pursuit of the 110m hurdles medal |  Olympic Games News

Pozzi fell below 13.20 three times in 2020

“I have to give a performance I’m proud of and generally that level of performance would be a challenge for a medal.

“I haven’t yet set the fastest time in competition, but my training objectively tells me that I’m as good as ever and better.”

Conditions in Tokyo are hot and humid, but Pozzi says he is not fazed and will be well prepared when the competition begins on August 3.

“Where I train in Formia it is exceptionally hot, sometimes very stuffy,” he said.

“I come from a climate where it’s 30 degrees everyday and it’s a lot hotter to be honest, so I’m very used to it.

“I’m probably not someone who says ‘this is great’ but that’s not relevant to me. Maybe it would have done more in the past. But that doesn’t really come into my thinking.”

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