Andy Turner (hurdler)

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Andy Turner
Andy Turner Barcelona2010.jpg
Turner in Barcelona 2010
Personal information
Full nameAndrew Steven Turner
Born (1980-09-19) 19 September 1980 (age 42)
Nottingham, England[1]
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Weight78 kg (12 st 4 lb; 172 lb)
Event(s)110 metres hurdles
ClubSale Harriers[3]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100m:=10.32s 110m hurdles=13.22 s

Andrew Steven Turner (born 19 September 1980) is an English bodybuilder and retired track and field athlete who specialised in the 110 metres hurdles and occasionally competed in the 100 and 200 metres sprints as well as long jump. At the 110 m hurdles, he is the 2011 World Championship bronze medallist, the 2010 European Champion and the 2010 Commonwealth Champion. Also in 2010, he broke the automatically timed world record in the 200 metres hurdles. He was coached by Lloyd Cowan.

Early life[edit]

Turner was born in Hucknall, Nottingham, England and educated at Nottingham High School.


Andy Turner competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics, but failed to progress beyond the heats. Turner was third over the 110 m hurdles at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in a time of 13.62 seconds. He won the bronze medal in the 110 m hurdles at the 2006 European Athletics Championships, and finished fourth at the 2007 European Indoor Athletics Championships. He narrowly failed to make it into the final of the 110 m hurdles at the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Athletics with his time in the third semi-final 0.05 seconds outside the second fastest losers' spot.

Andy Turner represented Great Britain for a second time at the 2008 Summer Olympics and reached the quarter-finals stage. Following this performance, UK Athletics reviewed athletes funding and Turner's basic lottery grant of around £12,000 was cut, based on the assumption that he would not be a medal hopeful for the following year's World Championships.[4]

At the beginning of the 2009 athletics season, he finished fourth in the 60 metres hurdles in the European Athletics Indoor Championships, narrowly missing out on a medal. After competing in the 150 metres street race at the Great CityGames in Manchester, Turner won the 110 m hurdles at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games in 13.30 seconds, close to a personal best.[5] He won the 110 m hurdles at the 2009 European Team Championships, and said he intended to prove to UK Athletics, that he could compete at the highest level in the sport.[6] He entered the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, but was eliminated in the heats stage while carrying an injury. He went on to finish the season at the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final, where he was fifth.

The following year he competed at the 2010 European Team Championships in Bergen, winning the 110 m hurdles competition in 13.48 seconds to help Great Britain to second place overall in the tournament.[7] Turner went on to his most significant victory to date in the 110 m hurdles at the 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona later that year. In the final, Turner got off to a quick start, but trailed Petr Svoboda in the final with thirty metres remaining, but when Svoboda collided badly with the eighth hurdle, Turner powered through and won in a time of 13.28.

Turner completed a successful 2010 season by winning the Commonwealth Games 110 m hurdles title in New Delhi in 13.38.

At the 2011 Manchester City Games, Turner ran the rarely run 200 meters hurdles on a straight in 22.10 (+2.0). That time was superior to the previous automatically timed best by Laurent Ottoz. Ottoz had run his race in 22.55 around the bend on a conventional track, Turner ran on a specially constructed straight track on the streets of Manchester. Turner's time still did not exceed the last officially ratified record in the event, a hand timed 21.9 by Don Styron that had already stood for more than half a century. The IAAF currently recognises all three times as records in "non-IAAF World Record events," Ottoz around a bend, Styron hand timed on a straight and Turner automatically timed on a straight.[8]

He then went on to win a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics after Dayron Robles was disqualified for putting Liu Xiang of China off balance. A year later on English soil at the 2012 Olympics, Turner was one of the hurdlers to help Liu off the track after his injury and dramatic exit.

Turner's defence of his Commonwealth title at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow was halted when he crashed out of his first round heat. At the 2014 European Athletics Championships Turner announced that he would retire from athletics at the end of the year.[9]

After retiring from athletics, Turner initially took up a career as a personal trainer, before deciding to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Garry, a fitness model, by becoming a bodybuilder.[10]

Personal bests[edit]

Turner competing in Hengelo
Event Best Location Date
60 metres 6.79 s Piraeus, Greece 25 February 2009
100 metres 10.32s Manchester, England 17 May 2009
200 metres (indoor) 20.91 s Sheffield, England 12 February 2011
50 metres hurdles 6.65 s Stockholm, Sweden 21 February 2008
60 metres hurdles 7.55 s Sheffield, England 11 February 2007
110 metres hurdles 13.22 s Lausanne, Switzerland 30 June 2011
200 metres hurdles 22.10 s Manchester, England 15 May 2011

Television appearance[edit]

Turner appeared as the "This Is My..." guest in a 2013 episode of the British game show Would I Lie to You?, where he revealed that he was beaten in a speed-eating competition by track and field athlete Greg Rutherford.[13]


  1. ^ "Super Turner outclasses former world champion – Sport". Hucknall Dispatch. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Andy Turner". British Olympic Association. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Athletics: Sale's Andy Turner though to 110m hurdles semis". Manchester Evening News. 8 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  4. ^ Turner appeals lottery cash decision Archived 3 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Thisisnottingham (7 November 2008). Retrieved on 24 June 2009.
  5. ^ Hart, Simon (1 June 2009). Christine Ohuruogu sets 200m personal best. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 1 June 2009.
  6. ^ Turner aims to overcome setback . BBC Sport (23 June 2009). Retrieved on 24 June 2009.
  7. ^ GB finish second at European Team Championships. BBC Sport (20 June 2010). Retrieved on 23 June 2010.
  8. ^ "Daegu 2011 Statistics Book – Part 1 (of 5)" (PDF). Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  9. ^ "110m hurdler Andy Turner to retire from athletics at the end of 2014". 13 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  10. ^ Lewis, Aimee (20 February 2016). "Andy Turner: Olympic hurdler to champion bodybuilder". Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  11. ^ Turner Andrew biography. IAAF. Retrieved on 12 May 2009.
  12. ^ Turner Andrew biography. UK Athletics. Retrieved on 22 February 2011.
  13. ^ "Would I Lie to You? Episode #7.7". IMDb. Retrieved 17 August 2022.

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