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Leon Reid makes top six in British final

By Brian Hill

Commonwealth Games-bound sprinter Leon Reid finished a credible sixth in the 200 metres final at the British Athletics Championships in Birmingham.

The 20-year-old European Junior silver medallist from last season was drawn in the outside lane and had to battle wind and rain to cross the line in 21.45 secs.

Birchfield's Danny Talbot was the surprise winner in 20.42 secs, edging out firm favourite Adam Gemili of Blackheath who recorded 20.61 secs.

Afterwards Bristol based Reid whose mother is from Belfast said: "I was very pleased with my first round qualification time of 20.95 secs which is my fifth fastest ever.

"My problem is that I have real difficulty at the minute racing twice over a short period as I have lost three weeks' training because of an accident at a track meeting recently in Belgium. I collided with another athlete when warming up and was knocked unconscious for a short period .

"I then spent three days in hospital and am only now beginning to get back to fitness. However, things are going well and I will certainly be back to normal in time for the Glasgow Games. I will be racing over 100 metres at the Mary Peters meeting on Wednesday".

In the Women's 400 metres hurdles final, Lagan Valley's Mandy Gault finished seventh in 61.20 secs in a race won by Pitreavie's Eilith Child in 55.58 secs.

Meanwhile, Christine McMahon set another personal best in the 400 hurdles in Belgium. Her time of 56.97 secs takes 0.65 secs off her previous best and places her sixth in the British rankings.

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