Andrew Pozzi wins 110m hurdles at the BUCS Championships in the Olympic Stadium in record time
Just moments before a steady downpour of rain began in the Olympic Stadium on the final day of the BUCS Championships, world indoor finalist Andy Pozzi posted not only the best performance of the weekend, but arguably the greatest performance in the history of the British Universities Championships.
The European junior silver medallist had already bettered the 110m hurdles championship record in the heats with a PB and Olympic A qualifier of 13.52, following it with 13.72 in the semi-finals – also inside the previous championship record.
But in today’s final he obliterated his lifetime best with a storming run of 13.35 (+1.3m/s) to go to sixth on the UK all-time list.
Not only did it smash Colin Jackson’s UK age-19 best of 13.44, he also broke Tomasz Ścigaczewski’s European age-19 best of 13.40.
“I’m really pleased with that,” said Pozzi. “The last couple of hurdles wasn’t so good, but everything else was spot-on.
“It’s a very fast track, which makes it feel as though the hurdles are a lot closer because you’re getting to them a lot quicker, so you have to exercise an element of control,” he added.
Pozzi made a huge breakthrough indoors this year, reducing his 60m hurdles PB to 7.56 and finishing fourth at the World Indoor Championships. Part of the high-achieving hurdles group trained by Malcolm Arnold, Pozzi has continued to improve since then.
“I wouldn’t say I was surprised, but I wouldn’t have thought that I could keep pushing on at the same level,” he said.
Further championship records have tumbled on the final two days of competition at the Olympic Stadium. In the 5000m, Charlotte Purdue improved on the mark she set in the heats by 11 seconds to rewrite the record figures again with 15:44.01.
In the guest events, Jack Green – a training partner of Pozzi – followed up his 400m hurdles win from Saturday with victory in the 400m with a big PB of 46.05. Training partner Eilidh Child also achieved the same double in the women’s events, adding a 52.75 400m victory to her hurdles win.
Adding to the all-round success of Malcolm Arnold-coached athletes, Lawrence Clarke set a PB and Olympic qualifier of 13.50 in the 110m hurdles guest race.
17-year-old Jessica Judd front-ran her way to an impressive 800m win in a PB of 2:02.50, while Laura Weightman decimated the 3000m field on the final lap to win with a PB of 9:02.62.