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Sprinter Leon's Common goal is moving well within his reach

 

By Brian Hill

Ulster's top sprinter Leon Reid will attempt to hit the Commonwealth Games qualification mark in this weekend's British Championships in Birmingham.

The 22-year-old Birchfield man recently captured two sprint titles in the NI Championships at the Mary Peters Track.

Reid ran his 200m heat in 20.81 seconds, which is only 0.04 off the time required for the Gold Coast Games next April.

With a season's best 20.79 a week earlier, he is confident that given good weather he can reach the target in Birmingham.

Should Reid succeed he will become the 11th NI athlete to reach a qualification standard for the Games.

One athlete already qualified is Cheltenham's Mollie Courtney, who will be racing in the 100m hurdles along with Belfast's Megan Marrs, who recently set a PB of 13.68. The 19-year-old hit the Gold Coast standard with a time of 13.44 when securing bronze in the England U23 Championship.

Also competing is hammer thrower Hayley Murray - the NI record holder who is eligible as her father is from Banbridge - thanks to a throw of 59.49m.

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