GB's Pozzi retires from athletics after ankle injury

Andrew Pozzi
Pozzi won the World Indoor 60m hurdles title in Birmingham in 2018 [Getty Images]

British sprint hurdler Andrew Pozzi has announced "with great sadness" that he is retiring from athletics following "a serious ankle fracture".

British Athletics said the 32-year-old was set to be picked for the 2024 Olympics in Paris but he has turned down his selection "following the outcome of detailed scans and tests".

Pozzi won the World Indoor 60m hurdles title in Birmingham in 2018 and, in 2017, he also claimed the European indoor 60m title.

"After missing the 2023 season with serious injury, I have battled exceptionally hard to return to the world stage and earnt my place at what would have been my fourth Olympic Games," Pozzi wrote in a social media post.

"Unfortunately, as I continued to build and improve upon my 13.23s clocking in Montgeron, my body gave way in training to another serious ankle fracture."

Pozzi added that injury had been his "greatest competitor" during his career and that he was "most proud of the resilience that I've shown and the achievements that I've amassed following such heartbreaks".

His best time in the 110m hurdles was 13.14s and he represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the Olympics in London in 2012, Rio 2016 and the delayed Tokyo Games in 2021.

"I have decided that now is the right time for me to retire from professional athletics," said Pozzi.

"This is a profoundly sad moment, but also one that I can embrace fully with the knowledge that I have approached every minute of my time in this sport with uncompromising focus, resolute determination and the highest of standards."