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Stratford's Andrew Pozzi misses out on the medals at European Championships

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ANDREW Pozzi missed out on adding more medals in the European Championships to follow his Commonwealth Games bronze.

The Stratford athlete finished sixth in the 110 metres hurdles in Munich as the final featured on one of the closest finishes in history.

Stratford’s Andrew Pozzi in action in his 110m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games Photo: Mark Williamson. (58734583)
Stratford’s Andrew Pozzi in action in his 110m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games Photo: Mark Williamson. (58734583)

Just one thousandth of a second separated Spain’s Asier Martinez who took gold and silver medallist Pascal Martinot-Lagarde in a photo finish.

Pozzi admitted it was not the finale he wanted to end what has been such a busy season. Only two weeks ago he was making headlines in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

“It’s not the finish I would have liked,” he told the BBC.

“I hit one of the early hurdles and then you saw what happened.

“It’s been a joy to compete so much this season. It’s been very demanding but that’s what the sport is all about.”

Pozzi had finished third in his semi-final, clocking 13.48 seconds, with winner Martinez and Frenchman Just Kwaou-Mathey the top two.

Starting from lane one in the final on Wednesday night, Pozzi clipped the first hurdle and was never able to build the speed to catch up the leaders and he finished in 13.66 secs.

Martinez, who took bronze at last month’s World Championships in Oregon, and Martinot-Lagarde, the reigning European champion, both clocked European leading times with 13.14 secs but Martinez got the nod by 0.001 seconds.

Pozzi added: “I had different aims for the season. I would have liked many things to have gone slightly differently but I’ve worked hard all season. I’ve not got on top of some problems that have been a recurring theme throughout the season and that is disappointing but it is what it is.

“It was a wonderful moment racing in Birmingham and it showcased the sport really well.”

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