Andy Pozzi targets 110m hurdle World Championship gold to complete his journey from Stratford to Stratford

FROM STRATFORD TO STRATFORD. Besides this time Andy Pozzi would really like to finish the journey on the rostrum.

Pozzi was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Shakespeare nation however has already booked his place in Sunday's semi-finals within the 110m hurdles forward of Monday's ultimate showdown on the Olympic Stadium in Stratford East London.

 Andy Pozzi is aiming to grab a medal in the 110m hurdles at London 2017

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Andy Pozzi is aiming to seize a medal within the 110m hurdles at London 2017
 Pozzi looked impressive as he booked his place in the semi-finals by winning his heat

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Pozzi seemed spectacular as he booked his place within the semi-finals by profitable his warmth

Again at London 2012 he minimize a solitary determine limping off the identical monitor when he suffered a hamstring damage after clearing the opening hurdle in his first warmth.

Tipped to be a star when he first burst onto the worldwide stage 5 years in the past his profession has since been affected by additional accidents.

However again in Belgrade in March he gabbed the primary senior medal of his profession with European Indoor 60m hurdles gold having gone into the occasion ranked world primary.

And after an damage free yr he now has his sights on a medal at London 2017.

Pozzi, 25, admitted: "What occurred at London 2012 and now going again to the stadium is one thing I'm actually acutely aware of.

"It's not that it motivates me day-after-day in coaching nevertheless it was unusual for me final yr on the Anniversary Video games. It was the primary time because the Olympics I had competed there and plenty of the opposite athletes have been sharing their reminiscences of London 2012.

 Memories of London 2012 are nothing but painful for Pozzi after injury struck him at the start

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Reminiscences of London 2012 are nothing however painful for Pozzi after damage struck him firstly

"Mine in fact was limping again down the house straight.

"London 2012 was such an enormous event and sadly I by no means actually received to expertise it. Now London 2017 is one other probability for me.

"I'm not getting too carried away with sentiment however on the similar time to compete there  means a lot to me, much more than if it was a World Championships anyplace else."

Pozzi additionally believes he has received over the issues that triggered his typically fragile physique not to have the ability to deal with three rounds at main championships in recent times.

He stated: "I've already accomplished extra competitions this yr than I've been in a position to do during the last couple of years and raced the large guys a number of occasions.

"I don't assume there’s anybody in the intervening time who’s head and shoulders above the remaining. The occasion is sort of open."

Pozzi, who set a private better of thirteen.14secs on the Paris Diamond League assembly final month (July) stated: "Profitable gold in Belgrade has given me confidence that I can now go to a Championships and put all of it collectively."

 Pozzi suffered a hamstring injury as he set off from the blocks in the Olympics in 2012

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Pozzi suffered a hamstring damage as he set off from the blocks within the Olympics in 2012

Colin Jackson admitted earlier this yr that Pozzi was able to breaking his British and European document on the World Championships.

Jackson broke the world document with his 12.91secs in 1993 en route to world gold in Stuttgart and no European or Brit has gone quicker since.

Pozzi spent six years being coached by Jackson's mentor Malcolm Arnold and admits he speaks repeatedly to the hurdles star for priceless recommendation.

He stated: "That mark stood as a world document for over a decade and is extremely quick.

"My foremost goal in the intervening time although is concentrating on a medal. It's my first season that I've been robust indoors and I really feel in a very good place going into London.

 European indoor gold was a major boost to the hurdler

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European indoor gold was a serious increase to the hurdler

"I'm not getting too carried away about data because it's virtually like yr certainly one of my profession once more.

"However on the idea of my occasions and the way I run these occasions we’ve got acquired to be taking a look at a sensible probability of a medal. That’s what it’s all about.

"I used to be the quickest on the earth on the European Indoors and that's the expectation now.. a protected passage to the ultimate after which push for a medal."


FROM STRATFORD TO STRATFORD. Besides this time Andy Pozzi would really like to finish the journey on the rostrum.