As of this month, Aaron Sexton is officially off track.
At the start of the summer, Ireland’s fastest schoolboy was named among the year one recruits in the Ulster Rugby academy. Yet he was still in sprint competition right up the recent European U20 Championships.
His personal bests stand at 10.43 seconds over 100m and 20.69 over 200, not all that far off the Olympic qualifying standards, but his final bow on the longer distance was a 21.18 run to fourth place in the European final in Sweden.
Trained by his father Roger, himself no slouch as he continued racing at Masters level until quite recently, Sexton is three weeks shy of his 19th birthday and an imposingly strong figure standing 6’2″.
In time he will make that power count in senior 15-a-side rugby, but the medium-term plan for Sexton is to link up with the Ireland Sevens squad. He will be a valuable addition in their maiden World Series campaign and what promises to be a tough final bid for the 2020 Olympics when the World Repechage rolls around.
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