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Following his recent success at the British Masters Athletics Championship in the 60 metre sprint, East Norfolk Sixth Form College fitness instructor Kevin Burgess travelled to Ancona in Italy to compete against some of the best Men’s 55 sprinters in Europe.

Kevin predicted a tough challenge as he was in his final year in that particular age group and would be up against athletes several years younger than him. He was also suffering with a chest infection and knee injury that meant he had been unable to train effectively in the five weeks leading up to the championship.

In the first round he finished second in his heat in a modest time of 7.97 seconds which meant he had progressed to the semi-final later that day.

Kevin said: “The semi-final would be tough and I would have to run a similar time to that which I ran in the British championship just to make the final. It didn’t help that I was drawn in the toughest of the two semi-finals and with only the first three from each heat and the two fastest losers going through, I would have to be close to my best.”

A fourth place in a time of 7.89 seconds was enough to make it through as one of the fastest losers.

Kevin added: “I got off to a great start and was in 3rd place at the half way point but the lack of training took its toll I finished in a very respectable 5th place in a time of 7.76 seconds, my best time for seven years. If I can maintain that sort of performance for the next year I will have a real chance of a medal at the World championships in Daegu South Korea, when I move up to the Men’s 60 age group. And if I can achieve the same time of 7.76 seconds I will also equal the current British record for that age group.”

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