Eastbourne’s Seb Rodger has been selected to represent Great Britain in the IAAF World Championships in Moscow next month.
The National Under-23 and Intercounties champion achieved the A standard when he came second in the European Under-23 Championship in Tampere, Finland last week.
At these championships, Seb broke his own Sussex County record, running the 400m hurdle semi-final in 49.57 - the B standard for the World championship.
The 22-year-old former Cavendish and Bede’s School pupil ran even faster in the final and broke the county record again, this time completing the distance in 49.19 - World Championship A standard time.
The former decathlon junior international only changed events two years ago and, despite all his accomplishments thus far, still feels there is plenty of room for imporovement in what is a very technical event.
Seb’s record-breaking time places him second in the European Under-23 rankings, fifth in the European Senior rankings and third in the UK rankings behind Dai Green and Rhys Williams.
He is looking forward to the experience of running in his first senior major championships with the likes of Dai Green and the Olympic 400m hurdle champion Felix Sanchez, who tweeted Seb congratulating him on his achievement.
He said, “It’s just incredible and a dream come true to compete against the best in the world and line-up for Britain alongside the likes of Mo Farah. It could be the turning point in my career.”
The World Championships will take place between August, 10-18 and will attract the world’s best athletes including sprinter Usain Bolt and Britian’s Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and Olympic double gold medalist Mo Farah.