DRIVING rain and the handicap of a temporary track built on the streets of Manchester couldn’t stop Hucknall athlete Andy Turner breaking a hurdling world record — for the second year running.
Turner was in sparkling form at the Powerade ION4 Great City Games and blasted his way to victory in the rarely-run 200m hurdles.
He crossed the line in a time of 22.10 seconds, lowering the best-ever time of 22.30 seconds he set at the same event last season.
Left trailing in his wake were former world 400m hurdles champion Bershawn Jackson (USA), Angelo Taylor (USA) and ex-Olympic 400m gold medallist Felix Sanchez (Dominican Republic).
Then, to prove he is in fine shape, Turner went on to complete a memorable double by winning the 110m hurdles in a time of 13.41 seconds.
This time he beat Americans Dominic Berger and two-time Olympic champion Terrence Trammell, as well as Brit Gianni Frankis.
The event in Manchester was all part of preparations for the 30-year-old dad-of-two ahead of the outdoor world championships in Daegu, South Korea in August.
After a stunning season last year, which saw him win gold medals at both the European Championships and Commonwealth Games, he is looking to challenge the best in the world from the USA and the Caribbean when in South Korea.
Earlier this month, in Jamaica, he equalled the best time he ran last year, 13.28 seconds.