HE MAY have missed out on qualification for the 3000m steeplechase World Championship final, but Bracknell’s Zak Seddon has got a taste for the big time and does not want to give it up.

The 23-year-old clocked 8:32.84 to finish 10th in the very first race on Sunday morning at the London Stadium.

And after experiencing the atmosphere of a World Athletics Championships, Seddon now has Tokyo 2020 in his sights as he targets a place among the Olympic elite.

“This season didn’t go to plan, I didn’t run for half of May and June – I had three or four weeks out but I think for sure I’ll be a finalist in Tokyo,” he said.

“Just looking at what shape I was in today. I didn’t make the start-line in complete health so I’ve got to learn from that and get better for next year – I just want to keep getting better year on year.

“I have World University Games later this month and ultimately there is three years until Tokyo and that has to be the main goal for everything right now.”

Seddon, competing in his first major senior competition in a British vest, admitted he may have made a mistake in his tactics on Sunday, but he did not regret his aggressive style of racing.

And after experiencing the London 2017 roar for himself, he was keen to make sure it was not the last time he would be performing on the biggest stage.

“I felt good in the warm-up, the race went off fast and the slowed a bit, and I knew that if I was to qualify for the final I was going to have to go something special,” he admitted.

“I moved up in the pack to get to the front. In hindsight I maybe went too hard, too soon, but I wouldn’t change it because that’s just me, I like to get out there and maybe in years to come I’ll have it in that position again.

“The atmosphere and experience is crazy. It’s better than anything I can imagine and I’ve just got to thank everyone that came out - it was the experience of a lifetime.”

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