European sprint hurdles bronze medal winner Andy Turner is aiming to prove sport hath no fury like an athlete scorned at the Aviva World Trials & UK Championships in Birmingham next weekend.
Having had his funding withdrawn after injury deprived him of the chance to make the Olympic final last summer, Turner has spent the summer trying to prove UK Athletics they were wrong to cut him loose.
And as a result the 28-year-old has enjoyed his best ever start to the outdoor season, with three victories in nine days including a win in Hengelo where he clocked a season’s best of 13.30 seconds. It was a time that was just three hundredths of a seconds shy of his personal best which he set at the World Championships in Osaka two years ago.
Ten days ago Turner secured another win, this time at the European Team Championships in Portugal, where he beat former World champion Ladji Doucoure as well as Poland’s Olympic finalist, Artur Noga, to secure maximum points for the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team.
And now Turner has set his sights on the Alexander Stadium, where he hopes to win his fourth successive title.
“Without a doubt it’s my best ever start to the outdoor season,” Turner said. “Normally my personal best would come later on the season, so I’m just hoping to build on everything I’ve achieved so far.
“I know it’s there, it’s just a case of having ten good hurdles. In all those races so far I can remember a hurdle that’s not gone quite right, so if everything goes as it should, I have no doubt I can smash my personal best.
“The event in Birmingham is very important to me, obviously to secure my place in the GB team, but it would be nice to win the Trials and have another national title under my belt too.
“I’m not taking it lightly. I’m going into the race to give it my best and hopefully that’ll be enough to win with a good time.”
The Championships take place at the Alexander Stadium on July 10, 11 and 12. Tickets can be purchased online at www.uka.org.uk and by phone on 0800 055 60 56.