Sharman set to miss out on Olympic spot

William Sharman competes in the men's 110m hurdles during the Aviva Trails and Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 24, 2012. See PA story ATHLETICS Birmingham. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.
William Sharman competes in the men's 110m hurdles during the Aviva Trails and Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday June 24, 2012. See PA story ATHLETICS Birmingham. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire.

Corby’s William Sharman looks set to miss out on a place at this year’s London Olympics.

Sharman finished fourth, just behind world bronze medalist Andy Turner, in the final of the 110m hurdles at the Olympic Trials in Birmingham on Sunday.

Youngsters Andy Pozzi and Lawrence Clarke bagged the two automatic places and it seems certain Turner will take the third discretionary place after a high-quality race.

Sharman ran a season’s best of 13.55 but he was just behind Turner who said: “Obviously I didn’t come here for third place, I hope that was enough to qualify for the team.”

Pozzi added: “I’m on top of the world. My preparation in the last week or so has been quite disturbed and I was unsure whether I could come here and achieve what I wanted. To get that done, get that all out the way and come here and win, I’m absolutely chuffed.

“I’m looking forward to the Olympics like you wouldn’t believe. It’s been building for years and years with so much media coverage, you can’t help but buy into the dream so I can’t wait.”

Sharman is now preparing to compete in the 110m hurdles at the European Championships in Helsinki, which get underway on Wednesday.