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Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers' Sebastian Rodger positive after World Championships semi-final exit
6:34pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
Sebastian Rodger’s World Championships might have come to an end at the semi-final stage but he insists it won’t be the last time he is seen rubbing shoulders with the globe’s finest.
Making his World Championship debut in Moscow, the 22-year-old was already able to toast a job well done heading into the 400m hurdles semi-finals having simply advanced out of the heats.
And, as expected, a place in the final in the Luzhniki Stadium proved a stepped too far for the Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier as he could only manage to finish sixth in his semi-final in 49.32.
But, despite bowing out in Russia, Rodger admitted that he perhaps shouldn’t have even been there in the first place – only opting to stick with 400m hurdles at the start of the 2012 season.
“I’ve got mixed emotions really,” he said. “It was such a high point qualifying for the semi-final and I knew that it was going to be my final, so I went out there, gave my best and worked hard.
“It is hard to explain but I want to improve from here. This is my first major championships and I think I can compete against the best to be honest, so it is just onwards and upwards really.
“It has given me a taste and this is where I want to be – training with the best and competing against the best.
“I have had quite a long season and this has been a complete bonus as it was never on the cards at the start of the season.
“I think I have so much more to give in the event. It is only my second year so I need to move on from here and be competitive.”
Prior to his world debut, the biggest competition Rodger had competed in was June’s European Under-23 Championships in Finland, where he won silver in the 400m hurdles.
And the Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier admits he well and truly has the taste for the big time now as he eyes more major competitions over the next 12 months.
“The Commonwealth Games and European Championships are next year so those are the next aims,” he added.
“This has really opened my eyes and being part of this team and going up against the best in the world is where I want to be.”
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