THE ENTICING prospect of Hucknall winning a medal at the Olympic Games in London this summer has moved a step closer to reality.
For sprint hurdler Andy Turner (pictured) has found some sparkling form at just the right time.
Turner (31) already owes the town nothing. For he won gold medals in the 110m hurdles at the European Championships and Commonwealth Games of 2010 and took a surprise bronze in the World Championships last year.
But the possibility of Olympic glory is something else for the athlete who grew up with parents Malcolm and Yvonne and elder brother Garry at their home on Nottingham Road in Hucknall.
Yet, at an event in Kingston, Jamaica last week, Turner clocked the second fastest 110m hurdles time of the year so far — in what was his third win inside 21 days.
The time of 13.28 seconds also equalled the fastest he has recorded in his career. And among the notable opponents he beat was Terrence Tremell, the Olympic and world silver-medallist.
Only the world number one, American David Oliver, with whom Turner has been warm-weather training in Florida this year, has posted a quicker time during 2012. And the run proved Turner is close to banishing the Achilles tendon injury problems, which have plagued him through the winter.
Last weekend, Turner, who now lives in Surrey, returned home to compete at the Notts AAA County Championships at the Harvey Hadden Stadium in Bilborough. He took part in the 200m and pipped another Hucknall athlete, Notts AC’s Michael Warner, to first place.
This Sunday, Turner is running at the Manchester City Games in a unique straight 200m hurdles event. And as the countdown to the Olympics hots up, he has recorded another show of ‘Question Of Sport’, which will be shown on BBC TV later this year.