Times take a tumble for Seb

PUBLISHED: 12:12 08 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:12 28 May 2010

Seb Aguilar

Seb Aguilar

WISBECH athlete Seb Aguilar has ended his outdoor season on a high at the Bank of Scotland Under-15 Championships in Grangemouth. Seb, 14, started this season with a hamstring injury but in Grangemouth last week, he showed his undoubted potential to produ

Gemma Bays in action

WISBECH athlete Seb Aguilar has ended his outdoor season on a high at the Bank of Scotland Under-15 Championships in Grangemouth.

Seb, 14, started this season with a hamstring injury but in Grangemouth last week, he showed his undoubted potential to produce fine performances in both the under-15 boys' 100m and 200m, and finish less than half a second outside the medals.

Seb, a student at Wisbech Grammar School, booked his place in the 100m final with a second place finish in the semi-final. Despite difficult wind conditions, Seb ran 12.02s and was only 0.04s off first place.

His performance in the final was even better and he ran 12.01s to cross the line sixth and in a blanket finish, just 0.2s from a medal.

Seb, pictured, was unlucky again in the 200m where he won his heat in 24.63s and ran 24.65s in the final, finishing sixth and 0.39s from a medal.

Seb's Wisbech-based coach, Paul Merrell said: "It was a great way to end the season and his disappointment in not getting a medal shows how far he has come over the past few months.

"We will now look at building his strength over the winter and really moving forward next year."

After recovering from injury in March, Seb competed in East Anglian and UK Athletics League events before winning the Isle of Ely Schools 100m and 200m titles in May.

He then won the AAA Cambs Schools titles in both sprints before reaching both of the AAA Southern England Championship sprint finals.

After setting personal bests of 12.00s in the 100m and 24.4s in the 200m, Seb then went on to win a bronze in the Eastern England Track and Field Championships' 200m final.

- wANOTHER young Fenland athlete putting in impressive performances this season is Whittlesey's Gemma Bays.

In her first season competing at under-15 level, Gemma, 13, won the long jump for Peterborough Athletics Club with a leap of 4.53m in the Southern Women's League meeting in Sandy.

This excellent performance came just a week after she set a new personal best of 4.54m in the Marshall Peugeot Games, in Peterborough.

Gemma will now look forward to the cross country season, where she hopes to improve on last season's sixth place in the Peterborough Schools Championships and qualify for the county team.

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