THE head of British Athletics saluted Andrew Pozzi as a “fantastic role model” after the Stratford hurdler was named co-captain for this weekend’s IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
The 25-year-old will be seeking to follow up last year’s European Indoor title when he takes on the world’s best in his ‘home’ games which start tomorrow (Thursday) at Arena Birmingham.
And Pozzi will head into the competition as Team GB’s co-captain alongside 800 metres runner Shelayna Oskan-Clarke.
Oskan-Clarke and Pozzi, who both secured their places with victory at the SPAR British Indoor Championships earlier this month, received the same number of votes after all 32 team members were asked to nominate who they would like to be captain.
Neil Black, performance director at British Athletics, said: “I am delighted for both Shelayna and Andrew that they have been voted as co-captains for the World Indoor Championships.
“It is a great testament to the hard work, effort and manner in which they carry themselves on and off the track and within the team that their peers have chosen them for such an honour. Both are fantastic role models and have had great success competing indoors, they know what it takes to win and we know they will strive to achieve the very best in Birmingham this week.”
Both athletes enjoyed a successful European Indoor Championships in Belgrade in 2017 with Oskan-Clarke claiming silver in the 800m and Pozzi taking gold in the 60m hurdles. Both will open their campaign in Birmingham on day three of the championships, on Saturday.
The pair follow in the footsteps of Eilidh Doyle who was the first British captain to be chosen by teammates for the IAAF World Championships in London in 2017. Like Doyle, Oskan-Clarke and Pozzi will deliver a pre-Championships speech at the British team meeting.
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