Andrew Pozzi’s Road to Rio

We’ve sponsored 110m hurdler, Andrew Pozzi, since the start of his GB senior career. Now, he gears up for the challenge of his lifetime – representing Team GB in the Rio Olympics 2016!

On Tuesday 2nd August, Andrew Pozzi jetted off to Brazil, where he is staying in the athletes’ village in Belo Horizonte. He still has time to get in some last minute training before the first round of the Men’s 110m hurdles on Monday 15th August.

We’ve followed the highs and lows of Andrew’s career – the most crushing disappointment being his injury shortly before the London Olympics in 2012, leaving him unable to complete the first heat. Since then, Andrew has worked hard on his recovery, and now says he is in the best possible shape for the 2016 games.

At the Muller Anniversary Games in London, he certainly proved this to be the case, setting a new personal best of 13.19 seconds. This impressive performance places him as the fourth fastest British 110m hurdler ever (topped only by athletic greats Colin Jackson, Tom Jarrett and Will Sharman).

After being burned once before, Andrew is taking a more cautious approach to his training. When he suffered from cramp at the Muller Anniversary Games, he pulled out before the final to not risk any injury before the Olympics. Andrew explains how this was a precautionary measure, saying “My PB in London shows my race sharpness is where it needs to be as well as my fitness.”

If you want to watch Andrew go for gold, it will be a bit of a late night, with the first heat kicking off at 12.40am GMT on Tuesday 16th.

You can learn more about Andrew’s road to Rio by visiting his blog page or alternatively his stats page.