I’m ready to pull off a big shock, vows Turner

ATH­LET­ICS CY­CLING

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 9 -

ANDY TURNER is con­vinced he can spring an up­set in tonight’s 110m hur­dles fi­nal.

The GB run­ner booked his place in to­day’s semi-fi­nals by win­ning his first round race yes­ter­day.

He will be joined in the semis by fel­low Brit Lawrence Clarke – and the 31-year-old is ready to bounce back af­ter a trou­bled sea­son.

Turner ad­mit­ted: “I was pet­ri­fied. I haven’t had the best year, I’ve been strug­gling for form, but train­ing has gone well for two weeks.

“Now I’ve got that out of the way I feel I can get my legs turn­ing over and there’s more to come.

“I will have to run faster to get through the semi-fi­nals.

“But when­ever I’ve been in a ma­jor fi­nal, I’ve al­ways man­aged to get a medal.

Mis­ery

“And there’s no rea­son why I shouldn’t do it again.”

Clarke, 22, ad­mits he was ab­so­lutely cack­ing him­self in the Olympic Sta­dium.

He said: “I wasn’t ner­vous on the morn­ing of the race, but when I looked out of the call room I didn’t know how to con­trol my­self.

“I sat in the blocks and tried to keep it a clean race.

“I wasn’t think­ing about any­one around me, I was fo­cused and I’m just so glad to be through.”

But there was mis­ery for GB’s An­drew Pozzi, who pulled up with a ham­string in­jury im­me­di­ately af­ter leav­ing the blocks in his qual­i­fy­ing heat.

The 20-year-old re­vealed: “The last month has been a night­mare.

“I tore my ham­string at Crys­tal Palace and haven’t been able to get it sorted. It’s just not gone.

“It’s all I’ve been wait­ing and train­ing so hard for, the aim and what makes the hard work worth it, and to leave like that is heart­break­ing.” SIR CHRIS HOY savoured the joy of six to be­come Great Bri­tain’s most suc­cess­ful ever Olympian.

The Scot col­lected his SIXTH gold medal – and his sec­ond of the Lon­don Games – with vic­tory in the Keirin.

And Laura Trott added more gloss to an­other night of glory for GB’s cy­clists with gold in the women’s om­nium to go with the one she won in the team pur­suit.

But Vic­to­ria Pendle­ton was con­tro­ver­sially de­nied the chance to sign off her ca­reer on a high.

Hoy blasted his way to vic­tory from three laps out af­ter be­ing forced into an early break.

And he held on for gold un­der in­tense pres­sure from Ger­man Max Levy.

Hoy said: “I’m in shock. You try to com­pose your­self but this is just sur­real.

“I saw all the rest of the team step­ping up to the plate and I wanted to do my bit.

“I look back four Games ago to Sydney and my sil­ver medal and if I had stopped then I would be a happy boy.

Dream

“I’m 99.99 per cent sure I won’t be at Rio. I couldn’t top this. This is a dream end­ing and I can’t look too far ahead.

“To suc­ceed is one of the great­est feel­ings I’ve ever had.”

Queen Vic was des­per­ate to head off into re­tire­ment with vic­tory in the women’s sprint over arch-ri­val Anna Meares.

Pendle­ton thought she won the open­ing sprint in the three-leg fi­nal – but then dis­cov­ered she had been rel­e­gated to sec­ond place in the race.

The judges ini­tially de­clared her the win­ner by a mar­gin of one-thou­sandth of a sec­ond.

But they later ruled Pendle­ton had moved out of the sprinter’s lane and handed the race to her Aussie ri­val.

Meares won the sec­ond race and Pendle­ton’s dream was left in tat­ters.

Pendle­ton – who was also dis­qual­i­fied in the team sprint – said: “I would have loved to have gone out with a win but I am just glad that is the last time I will race.

“I was re­ally an­noyed with the de­ci­sion in the first race be­cause I thought she was lean­ing into me and I had to move out.

“I can’t

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SIM­PLY THE BEST OF ALL TIME: Sir Chris Hoy

PET­RI­FIED: Turner

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