Andrew Pozzi has reached his first Olympic final in the 110m hurdles after claiming the final fast loser spot from the semi-finals. Overnight here in the UK, the University of Bristol and the University of Western England graduate Pozzi, ran 13.32 seconds at the Tokyo 2020 games to finish fourth in his semi-final. Pozzi, 29, reached the semi-finals in Rio five years ago and said the wait to discover if he had claimed a place in Thursday’s final was agonizing. He said: “That wait was horrible, excruciating. “It’s the first time I’ve had to go through that wait, hopefully, it will be the last, and I’m so happy to make the final.” Having reached the final, which will take place a 3.55am UK time on Thursday, Pozzi immediately – who has won on the world stage before after taking gold at the 60m hurdles at the 2018 World Indoor Championships in Birmingham and silver at the 2021 European Indoors – switched his attention to winning a medal in Tokyo. He said: “I feel like I’m growing in this competition, I felt much more comfortable on that run, and I’m really confident that tomorrow will be better again. I’m really happy to have the opportunity to do more.
Great Britain’s Andrew Pozzi in action in the Mens 110m Hurdles
“I was trying to get as level with the finish line as possible to try to figure it (qualification) out. It was close, there were a lot of people fighting for that spot, so it was very nervy. “I’m happy to go again but let’s be clear, it will need to be better, and I feel confident that I’ll do that, so let’s move forward. “It’s just trying to get some rounds in because the conditions are a little bit different, unfortunately in the heats yesterday because of a bumpy start and a couple of clashes of arms it was actually a really difficult race for me. “I wasn’t able to find any rhythm, so today really felt like a bit of a first time out, so I’m confident that I’m going to feel much better again tomorrow and I’m going to have an opportunity to really show my best.” Favourite Grant Holloway of the USA qualified fastest in the semi-finals in a time of 13.13 seconds. Stream every unmissable moment of Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 live on discovery+, The Streaming Home of the Olympics.