Turner's comeback trail is leading to Commonwealth Games shot
Sutton’s athletics comeback kid Andy Turner has his sights firmly set at defending his Commonwealth Games 110m hurdles title in a couple of months time.
The 33-year-old is also convinced he will have an injury-free season after recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon last year.
He continued his comeback trail by claiming the prized scalp of Olympic 400m hurdles champion Felix Sanchez of Panama.
The pair were head-to-head in the men’s 200m hurdles dash at the Great City Games last Saturday in Manchester.
Turner clocked 22.58 seconds to Sanchez’s 22.61secs to scoop his fourth victory in five appearances in Manchester.
Earlier in the day Turner, who claimed the Commonwealth title four years ago in Delhi, India, finished second behind Lawrence Clark in the all British 110m hurdles shoot-out.
Turner said: “I’m just so happy to be back after such a terrible year so I’m blessed to be here in one piece, doing what I love to do.
“I’m really thankful and don’t take anything for granted anymore.”
He assed: “I partially ruptured my Achilles here last year but there’s no problems with it anymore.
“It’s so nice to be pain-free and I’m just happy to be here.
“I feel I’m in better shape than I’m showing so hopefully I’ll improve and get selected.”
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