Rodger through to World semi-finals

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Eastbourne’s Seb Rodger is through to the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

The 22-year-old former Cavendish and Bede’s pupil finished fifth in his heat on Monday morning with 49.66 - the same time as the fourth-placed athlete and faster than defending champion Dai Greene, who qualified with 49.79.

He will now take to the track again tomorrow (Tuesday), 4:40pm British time, to fight for a place in Thursday’s final alongside Greene and fellow Brit Rhys Williams.

Rodger was selected to represent Great Britain in Russia after winning gold in the Under-23 European Championships in Finland last month, where he broke the Sussex County record with 49.19.

His victory moved him up to second in the Under-23 European rankings, fifth in the European Senior rankings and third in the UK rankings.

The World Championships will take place all this week and have attracted the world’s best athletes including sprinter Usain Bolt and Britian’s Olympic double gold medalist Mo Farah.