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Sexton happy after blazing to a new Northern Ireland record at World Juniors


By Brian Hill

North Down's Aaron Sexton rose to the occasion in his 200m heat at the World Junior Championships in Tampere, Poland where he broke his own NI Junior record when finishing fourth in his race.

The 17-year-old was timed at 21.06 seconds, which placed him 11th from some 36 entrants. A tired Sexton was then drawn in the unfavourable outside lane in his semi-final race where he finished fifth in 21.33.

The fastest qualifier for the final was GB's Charlie Dobson with 20.53.

Sexton said: "My heat race was everything I wanted. I had a good start and then tried to stay relaxed and not tie up."

In the women's 100m semis, Ireland's Gina Akpe-Moses qualified for the final, finishing third in 11.51 behind Twaisha Terry, who set a Championship record of 11.04.

Emerald's Ciara Neville was fifth in her 100m semi in 11.70.

Meanwhile, European 1500m bronze medallist Ciara Mageean ran four minutes, 4.13 seconds when securing victory in a big meeting in Barcelona.

The 26-year-old is clearly in top form for the challenges in the Berlin Europeans in August.

NI champion Conall Kirk ran his sixth PB of the season in Watford (1.49.47) in the 800m. There were also PBs in the 1,500m for Neill Johnston of Springwell (3.48.83) and East Down's Neil McCartan (3.50.28).

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