Huntingdon sprinter Owen King succeeded in his mission to reach the final of the Intermediate Boys 100m at the English Schools Championship.
The 16 year-old St Peter’s School pupil clocked 11.49 to finish third in his heat when representing Cambridgeshire at Gateshead International Stadium.
That was enough to secure a spot in the semi-finals and King ran quicker at that stage when taking fourth in 11.38 to qualify for the final as one of two fastest losers.
He produced his quickest time of all – 11.07 – when coming home seventh in the final – less than half-a-second off a medal.
King said: “I thought I did pretty well to be honest.
“Reaching the final was my target and I’m pleased to have done that. I wasn’t that far off a medal.
“I got quicker with every race and it showed I have improved in the past year.
“Now the challenge is to keep doing that and make sure I qualify again next year when I’ll be in the Senior Boys section.”