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Sprinter Jonathan Browning is racing towards top level at World Championships

By Steven Beacom

Young Northern Ireland sprinter Jonathan Browning hopes to use the upcoming World Championships as inspiration in his bid to take his career to the next level following the best season of his life.

The 21-year-old from the Ballymena & Antrim Athletic Club won't be in Beijing, but will be watching on television cheering on fellow Irish athletes like Ben Reynolds and Mark English, hoping that one day he will be competing at major events.

Browning, coached by his mum Melanie, has emerged as a 4 x 100m relay specialist this year and aims to continue to improve in that area as well as make the grade individually.

He was part of the Ireland 4 x 100m U23 relay team which set multiple national records at home and abroad in 2015 and finished second in the 100m at the Irish Senior Championships a fortnight ago.

"This has been the best season of my my career so far and I am determined to build on what I have achieved," said Browning, a third year Electrical and Electronic Engineering student at Queen's University.

"My target is to kick on and make it to next year's European Senior Championships, certainly with the relay squad and hopefully as an individual," he explained.

"The World Championships are starting in Beijing at the weekend and I'll be watching that on television.

"Seeing great performances in my sport can inspire young athletes like me.

"I also know some of the Irish team members like Ben Reynolds and Mark English and will be really interested to see how they perform, hoping they do really well.

"My season has effectively finished in terms of races but I intend working hard and preparing well for when everything starts again next year."

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