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Watch: Ulster Rugby's rising star Aaron Sexton breaks two Ulster schools sprint records

Rugby star Aaron Sexton had broken more records on the athletics track.
Rugby star Aaron Sexton had broken more records on the athletics track.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

There can't be many Ulster Rugby fans left who don't know about the speed demon sprinting his way to the province's senior side.

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Aaron Sexton was named Ulster A Player of the Year at the awards night earlier this month and, if anybody needed further reason for optimism, his latest performances on the track will do even more to whet the appetite for his promising rugby career.

The 18-year-old broke both the 100m and 200m records at the Ulster Schools Athletics Championships at the Antrim Forum on Saturday, winning both races for Bangor Grammar School.

He ran the 100m in an astounding 10.49 seconds and followed it up with another Ulster schools' best time of 21.20 seconds in the 200m.

He has gone faster than that in the 200m, clocking a time of 21.06 at the World U20 Championship last year.

Sexton will now represent Ulster in both races at the Irish Life Health All-Ireland Schools’ Track and Field Championships in Tullamore on June 1. He will be aiming to defend the two titles he won last year.

Watch his two record runs here:

Sexton has already featured for Ulster Rugby's first team, making his debut as a replacement in the pre-season game against Gloucester at Kingspan Stadium last August.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, he has already broken records at Ulster Rugby too, clocking the fastest metres per second time since Ulster started measuring such statistics in 2012/13.

He went on to score seven tries in six Celtic Cup games with the A team during the Autumn campaign and was called up to play for Ireland U19s last month. He scored a try in the opening 21-17 victory as Ireland drew the two-match series against France.

"He's definitely a talent, there's no doubt, and his speed is literally off the charts," Ulster A head coach Kieran Campbell said after his team's Celtic Cup campaign. "It's been great to integrate with Bangor Grammar over his rugby development and they've been hugely supportive of us in putting him up early with the realisation that it's the best thing for him to accelerate him to the senior side."

A full list of winners from Saturday's Ulster Schools Athletics Championships can be found here.

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