Sprinting to success

WISBECH sprinter Seb Aguilar is on track for runaway success in 2007 judging by his form so far this year. The Welsh Athletics Indoor Championships held in Cardiff two weeks ago was only the second time that Seb had ran a 60m indoor race. And it was also

WISBECH sprinter Seb Aguilar is on track for runaway success in 2007 judging by his form so far this year.

The Welsh Athletics Indoor Championships held in Cardiff two weeks ago was only the second time that Seb had ran a 60m indoor race.

And it was also the first time that the 14-year-old Wisbech Grammar School student had competed in the under-17 age group.

But he not only set a personal best time of 7.58s in the semi-finals but also reached the Welsh national final.

Seb's performance puts him eighth in the Welsh under-17 men's 60m rankings and into the top 100 in the UK.

The result is the perfect start to the new year for Seb, who is looking to build on the promise he showed in 2006.

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In May, Seb was crowned Cambridgeshire AAA under-15 boys' 100m and 200m champion and Isle of Ely Schools under-15 boys' 100m and 200m champion. He also reached the final of the Southern England AAA Championships.

Seb was desperately unlucky to miss out on glory in the Scottish National Championships under-15 100m final, when in a blanket finish he was edged into sixth place.

He also finished sixth in the 200m final after winning his semi-final.

These successes were matched by numerous wins in UK National League and East Anglian League races. His 100m personal best time of 12.00s put Seb into 118th place of the UK Athletics under-15 rankings, while his 200m best of 24.40s placed him 97th.

The performances earned Seb both the Cambridgeshire AAA and Peterborough AC awards for the best under-15 boys' track athlete of 2006.

Seb's Wisbech-based coach, Paul Merrell said: "Seb was unable to complete winter training last season because of injury so his efforts in 2006 were exceptional.

"This year I am hoping to develop his 'engine' and build psychological, as well as physical, strength."

He added: "Seb is more than on course to becoming a very good sprinter but it will take time. When the outdoor season starts I will be looking to put him in races against quality opposition and improving his times.

"Then the main targets will be the English Schools Championships and the Cambs AAA Championships in July.

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