Olympic dream comes true for determined Rodger

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Eastbourne’s 400m hurdler Seb Rodger said it was ‘a dream come true’ following his selection for next month’s Olympic Games.

Rodger, 25, is the British champion but was controversially left out of squad for the recent European Championships in Amsterdam.

The Eastbourne athlete refused to give up on his Olympic ambition and eventually achieved the qualifying time when he clocked 49.29sec at a meet in Belgium last Monday - just one day before the Olympic qualification deadline.

Selectors finalised their team for Rio on Wednesday and this time Rodger was not overlooked.

He said, “I’m so happy and excited that I’m finally going to the Olympics! This is a dream come true. Thank you my team, family, coach, physio, friends and sponsors for all your continued support. You all play such a big part in this journey.”

Rodger’s inclusion completed a unique hat-trick of Olympians competing at Rio from the Eastbourne and Hailsham area.

Hailsham eventer Gemma Tattersall and Eastbourne badminton player Heather Olver will also be on the plane to Brazil.

The Olympic Games start on August 5.