But last Friday the 21-year-old was back at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport looking to get his hands back on his title.

And he did exactly that, coming home in a new championship record of 7.57, equalling his fastest time of the season and just 0.01 shy of his personal best.

However, despite returning to the top of the podium with a bang, Bristol University student Pozzi insists he still has plenty more to give, something he is eager to prove sooner rather than later.

“I was hoping for a little bit quicker but it was good for now,” said Pozzi. “My aim was definitely to try and win here after winning a couple of years go.

“But I need to work on technical things. I feel I’ve got more to give right now and I want to iron out some technical problems.

“My ultimate aim for the indoors is to go to the World Indoor Championships and hopefully make the final there.

“I’m racing in Prague this week so hopefully I can keep building and keep improving – I definitely feel like I can go faster.”

Having seen his London 2012 dreams go up in smoke due to injury, Pozzi was once against struck down last year as he looked to bounce back in style.

But with plenty of major competitions to look forward to this year, Pozzi is eager to make up for lost time now he is fighting fit.

“This is not a bad way to start my season really and I have been in good form so I can’t really complain,” he added.

“I just need to keep my head down and keep working hard because I have big goals for this season after last year’s disappointments and I don’t want anything to get in my way.”

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