British hurdler Andy Turner has vowed to make up for the disappointment of last year's Norwich Union Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena by running a good race when he returns to Birmingham on Saturday week.

The European and Commonwealth bronze medallist entered last year's event as favourite to win and was even unveiled beforehand as one of Britain's rising stars but suffered the heartache of being disqualified for a false start.

Having just returned from UK Athletics' warm-weather training camp in South Africa, and feeling in fine form, Turner has targeted the Birmingham Grand Prix as the place to get back on track after an injury to a disc in his back dealt his training a blow.

"I know I won't make the same mistake twice, last year's Grand Prix is very much behind me," Turner said. "The physio has instructed me to hold out on racing over hurdles for a little bit so unfortunately the Norwich Union world trials in Sheffield were just a little bit too soon."

The Sale Harrier will instead compete in the 200m at the Sheffield Institute of Sport and aims to make his comeback over the barriers in Birmingham.

"I am fine to sprint and I'm keen to get into a competitive race," he said. "I'm not going there just to make the final, though, I want to win the thing and I know that I have the ability to run under 21 seconds which is what it's going to take for victory."

In 2007 Turner ran an impressive 60m hurdles in Sheffield to take first place but he narrowly missed out on a medal at the consequent European Indoor Championships in Birmingham.

This year, though, he views the indoor season solely as a platform for Olympic glory. "I'm undecided about the World Indoors at the moment and obviously because I won't be running in the hurdles at the trials I can't get automatically selected," he said.

"If I end up running quickly and get selected then I will think about doing it, but it's not my main target. This year is all about the Olympic Games in Beijing.

"For me the indoor season is practice for the outdoor one. My start is the worst part of my race so I do the indoors to try and master that, which will push me on outdoors."

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