Holloway and Pozzi clash in an obstacle course in Birmingham

World indoor record holder and indoor world champion will compete at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on February 19

Twenty-four hours after a discussion on the fantasy hurdles race between Grant Holloway and Karsten Warholm broke out online on social media, the organizers announced the real match between Holloway and Andrew Pozzi in the 60m hurdles next month at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham.

Holloway holds the world indoor record at a distance, while Pozzi is the reigning indoor world champion. Add to that the fact that Pozzi will race in front of the domestic British audience and it will be a head-to-head duel.

The pair last met the 60m hurdles in Madrid in February 2021, their only meeting so far, Holloway won at 7.29 ahead of Pozzim second at 7.51. Holloway outside at the 110m hurdles won the Olympic silver in Tokyo, while Pozzi finished disappointed seventh.

The Italian-based Pozzi has endured a challenging 12 months, but with a pending return to the UK and a new coaching setting, 2022 offers hope and opportunity. “Last year was really hard,” said the 29-year-old, who has a PB of 7.43. “Everything that could have gone wrong in my preparation for Tokyo has gone wrong, but I’m excited about next year and starting the season in Birmingham, where I have so many great memories.

“I have big goals for this year and I hope to start this season really positively with the support of a fantastic audience.”

Holloway, who set the second fastest time in the 110m hurdles in history with 12.81 in the US 2021 Olympic Trials, will start the indoor season at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in New York on February 6 and then travel to Europe to compete. in Lievin (February 17). , followed two days later by the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham.

“I learned a lot in 2021 and it’s important for me to continue learning, growing and becoming a better and faster athlete,” said Holloway. “It will be the first time I will compete in Birmingham and it is my last race before the US indoor trials, so in terms of experience and opportunities, it will play a big role in my preparation for the World Indoor Championships.”

The 110m hurdles hockey champion Holloway was undefeated in the indoor season of 2021 and his campaign ended in a world indoor hurdles record record of 7.29, surpassing the mark held by Colin Jackson since 1994.

Müller Indoor Grand Prix next month is the fifth meeting of the 2022 World Athletics Indoor Tour (gold). Throughout the series, there are seven “gold” level meetings, starting at Karlsruhe on January 28, 28 and culminating in Madrid on March 2.

In addition to Pozzi and Holloway, Swedish pole vaulting star Mondo Duplantis and British 800-meter runner Keely Hodgkinson have already entered the Birmingham Utilita Arena race.

During the series, the three best results of each athlete are included in the overall point score. The athlete with the highest number of points in each scoring event at the end of the tour will be declared the winner and will be awarded a $ 10,000 bonus along with a wild card at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade (March 2022).

There are only a few tickets left for the meeting in Birmingham, which you can buy here.

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David Berry

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