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Ben Reynolds goes so close to World Championship hurdle qualification despite injury blow

By Brian Hill

Injury-affected Ben Reynolds suffered World Championship heartbreak in Beijing, missing out by one place on qualification for the 110 metres hurdles semi-finals.

Despite a groin injury, the North Down man finished in a decent time of 13.72 seconds for seventh place in his heat - the fastest time that didn't qualify.

Reynolds' heat was won by Jamaica's Hansle Parchment in 13.30.

A number of disqualifications in earlier heats ensured that the first six in Reynolds' race qualified. The 24-year-old battled throughout in lane eight and at the finish almost caught Australian Nick Hough for sixth place.

Earlier this month, Reynolds broke his own NI record with a time of 13.48.

However after one intensive day's training an old soft tissue injury re-emerged.

"I went to hurdle and it just wasn't possible. Past experience told me that this takes eight to 10 days to clear up," he said.

"I therefore just ran out of time. I have not trained for the past eight days so I am more than pleased I was able to race at all. At one stage I thought I would miss out completely.

"My coach advised me to take it easy but in fact I gave it everything.

"I was going okay in the first half of the race but then faded a bit. This is very frustrating as I know I have a time of 13.4 or 13.3 in me.

"The World Championships has been an awesome experience and I will now be looking forward to the European Championships both indoors and outdoors next year not to mention the Olympics in Rio."

Reynolds also said that he was undecided about further competition this season.

In the women's 800m Ireland's Ciara Everard was in contention until the final 200m.

Everard then faded and finished in seventh place in a rather disappointing time of two minutes 3.98 seconds which was well outside her PB of 2.01.21.

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