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Andy Turner - Track and Field

Andy Turner - Track and Field

Born September 19, 1980 in Nottingham, England, Andrew Steven Turner, known around the sporting world as Andy, is a British track and field star who will be competing in the 110m hurdle events in this summer’s upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

Although Andy also competes in other events, like the 100 and 200m sprints, and long jump, his specialty is the 110m hurdles – a competition in which Turner has tasted some great success, but never a Gold Medal in the Olympics.

Andy Turner has plenty of bronze, silver and gold to show off in his trophy case, but the Olympic Games are the crème de la crème of all sporting competitions. After six years of winning medals at international and world events, Turner hopes that 2012 will the year that he finally clears that illusive hurdle – pun not intended.

Sporting Career

Throughout high school at Nottingham, Andy Turner was considered to be a great athlete, but he really didn’t make any noise in the sporting world until the 2000s, after he was already a professional. A few amateur successes gave Turner the confidence to compete, but it wasn’t until he was named to Team GB that he really got a chance to shine on the world’s stage – at its highest point, no doubt, the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens.

Turner wasn’t exactly a favorite going into the Games, but he was still expected to do a bit better than he did. Andy failed to make it past the heats, and to make matters worse, he finished in 3rd place in the 110m hurdles via the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Later that year Andy did secure a bronze medal at the 2006 European Athletics Championships, but with other top flight competitors alternating silver and gold at a minimum, Turner was on the back burner of hurdlers for a solid three years.

In terms of British hurdlers, however, Andy was still one of the best. This is why he made his second consecutive appearance on Team GB in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. This time Andy would perform slightly better, reaching the quarter finals, but he still disappointed his sponsorship, who ultimately cut his grant for his World Championships bid.

2009 would be a comeback year for Andy. After finishing just out of medal contention at the European Athletics Indoor Championships, he would finally break through and win the 110m hurdles at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games. He then won the European Team Championships that same year, but lost out in the World Championships due to injury.

Andy would keep riding his hot streak into 2010, winning gold at the European Team Championships, and then winning the European Athletics Championships. He then rounded out the year by winning the Commonwealth Games. Most recently, Turner won bronze at the 2011 World Championships and another gold at the Euro Team Championships.

Career Highlights

  • 2006 European Athletics Championships – Bronze
  • 2009 European Team Championships – Gold
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games – Gold
  • 2010 European Athletics Championships – Gold
  • 2010 Continental Cup – Silver
  • 2011 World Championships – Bronze
  • 2011 European Team Championships – Gold
  • 2012 Summer Olympics – Semi-Final

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