Seb sprints to Welsh medal

A BRONZE medal run from Wisbech s Seb Aguilar at the Welsh National Championships sparked jubilant scenes between athlete and coach. The 15-year-old Wisbech Grammar School student was competing against older, more experienced athletes in the under-17 men

A BRONZE medal run from Wisbech's Seb Aguilar at the Welsh National Championships sparked jubilant scenes between athlete and coach.

The 15-year-old Wisbech Grammar School student was competing against older, more experienced athletes in the under-17 men's age group but produced a sensational performance in Swansea.

Seb won the medal in the 200m and in doing so, set a new personal best time of 23.4s.

And after the result was confirmed Seb celebrated on track with Wisbech coach Paul Merrell.

Seb said: "I am really happy with the medal and I was not very far off winning the race.

"I had a good lane draw in lane three and ran a good bend. I beat my personal best by 0.2s so it was a good result all round.

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"I was also competing in the 100m and although I reached the final, I was disappointed with my time and finished seventh.

"But the 100m proved to be a good warm-up for the 200m."

Seb beat the Welsh under-17 100m champion in the 200m, finishing 0.4s behind the winner.

Now Seb is concentrating on training before competing in the East Anglian AAAs in July.

His coach and former international sprinter Merrell said: "I am thrilled for Seb. It was a great performance and it is the reward for working hard in training.

"National championship medals certainly don't come easily."

He added: "It is only recently that I took Seb off resistance training and he immediately told me that he felt stronger."

Seb's mother Jill paid tribute to Merrell following the championships. She said: "None of this would have been possible without Paul. He has worked so hard and supported Seb all the way.

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