Eastbourne’s Sebastian Rodger has been selected to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland in the European Under-23 Championships in Tallinn, Finland in July.
Two weeks ago, the 21-year-old ran for Shaftesbury Barnet in the British Athletics Premier league, where he won both the 400m and 400m hurdles, recording new personal bests in the process.
He became the only athlete in the history of the premier league to win both A-string events on the same day, which earned him the deserved man of the match award.
This achievement gave Seb confidence going into the England Athletics Under-23 and Under-20 Championships and European Trials, where he hoped to retain the title he won last year.
This time, he would be competing against the best Under-23 athletes in Great Britain, including the Olympian Jack Green, with the prize of representing Great Britain in Finland at stake.
Not only did he win and become National Under-23 Champion, but Seb beat the 46-year-old Sussex county record, previously held by Brighton and Hove’s Andy Todd, clocking a new personal best of 49.87.
Having already achieved the European Under-23 Championship qualifying standard, his flight to Finland was booked by winning the trials in Bedford .
By flying to Finland, the former Under-20 internatianal decathlete will be competing in his first major Championship representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
To try and prepare for the big trip, Sebs plans are now to compete in Russia and France before off to the Europeans with the Great Britain team.