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Reynolds flying high as he seeks Glasgow glory

By Brian Hill

Commonwealth Games-bound Ben Reynolds gave another masterful 110m hurdles display at the AAI Games in Dublin when he recorded an impressive winning time of 13.63 secs.

Reynolds' time would have been a European qualification mark were it not for a wind reading which was a frustrating 0.1 metres per second over the limit.

It does, however, illustrate that the 23-year-old Holywood-man is in the sort of form to seriously impress at the Glasgow Games.

In the Women's hurdles City of Lisburn's Megan Marrs upset the form book with a surprise second-place behind Ireland's Sarah Lavin, who won in 13.49 secs. Sixteen-year-old Northern Ireland Schools' champion Marrs sliced a massive 0.83 secs off her previous best to record 13.72 secs, which places her second in the Irish Senior rankings.

European Junior fourth place finisher Aislinn Crossey, of Newry AC, is rounding into form following a gun-to-tape win in 2.10.80. which may have been faster had she faced sterner competition.

In the European Clubs in Amsterdam Belfast's Glasgow-bound Jason Harvey ran a season's best in the 400 hurdles of 51.72 secs .

Meanwhile Clonliffe's Gary O'Hanlon successfully retained his Newry Marathon title in a 900 strong field with a time of 2 hrs 36 mins 15 secs.

Newry's Don Travers was second once again in 2.41.56 followed by David Graham (2.49.33).

Top female finisher was Newry's Liosa McKeown in 3.13.21, followed by North Belfast's Athanasia Sevastaki (3.21.09) and Natalie Hall (3.21.09).

In a high quality Half Marathon event Belfast Marathon winner Freddie Sittuk of Kenya battled for most the race with Omagh's Steven Duncan before securing a 14 secs victory in 70 mins 14 secs. North Belfast's Breege Connolly had an easy victory in 78.37 from Heather Foley (83.36 ).

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