AVIVA 2012 TRIALS: Pozzi and Clarke respect no reputations to book Olympic slots
RISING stars Andy Pozzi and Lawrence Clarke left European champion Andy Turner sweating on his Olympic place after claiming the top two sprint hurdle slots at the Aviva 2012 Trials in Birmingham.
NEXT STOP: Andy Pozzi and Lawrence Clarke booked their Olympic slot - to leave European 110m hurdles champion Andy Turner sweating (Getty Images/Aviva Athletics)
Training partners and close friends, despite their very different backgrounds - Clarke is the heir apparent to the baronetcy - they have respected no reputations this season.
And they claimed the two guaranteed Olympic qualifying slots in the 110m hurdles, ahead of world medallist Turner and two-time world finalist Will Sharman.
“Obviously I didn’t come here for third place, I hope that was enough to qualify for the team,” said Turner.
“I’ve got work to do, I’m not in the best shape but I feel like I’m booking more competitive. I felt good in the first half of the race and then I hit a hurdle and the both of them came through.
“I know I’ve got something in me but it’s no good having something inside you if you can’t put it out there. I’ve got work to do but I hope that’s enough.”
Winner Pozzi could barely contain his delight at a breakthrough season that started with a fourth place at the European Indoor Championships.
He said: "I’m on top of the world. My preparation in the last week or so has been quite disturbed and I was unsure whether I could come here and achieve what I wanted. To get that done, get that all out the way and come here and win, I’m absolutely chuffed.
"I’m looking forward to the Olympics like you wouldn’t believe. It’s been building for years and years with so much media coverage, you can’t help but buy into the dream so I can’t wait."
Margaret Odeoye ran the Olympic A standard in the heats and then won the 200m title to also book her Olympic place.
She will be joined by Anyika Onuora, who had run the A standard earlier this season and claimed second place.
"I would have liked to win but getting that Olympic place is all that really mattered this weekend," said Onoura, who also confirmed her place in Team GB's 4x100m squad.
"I wasn't too nervous, I've been here a million times before so I knew what to expect.
"I just need to keep myself ticking over, there is nothing major or alarming that needs to be worked on. It's about staying fit and healthy now and making the training count."
Andrew Osagie defended his 800m title and Mukhtar Mohammed pipped four-time national champion Michael Rimmer on the line to take second - meaning he will travel to the European Championships in search of the A standard time.
Rimmer has that time and his reputation should surely earn him a slot on the team.
Elsewhere, British record holder Lawrence Okoye won the discus while Laura Samuel took the triple jump - although she lacks the standard required to earn election.
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