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Leon leads the charge on NI's day of glory

By Brian Hill

Sprint king Leon Reid will today bid to make history for his adopted country by becoming the first Northern Ireland athlete to claim a 200m final medal at the Commonwealth Games here on Australia's Gold coast.

Bath, Somerset-based Reid (23) qualifies to compete for Northern Ireland through parentage and demonstrated his commitment to the province yesterday as he stormed into today's final with a second-place semi-final finish behind winner Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago with Reid recording one of his fastest times of 20.61 seconds.

"I am really happy especially as my mum is here," he said afterwards. "I might possibly be in the best shape of my life. I will just have to see how the final goes. I am ready for it."

On a medal laden day for Northern Ireland, young boxer Kristina O'Hara guaranteed herself light-flyweight silver and goes for gold in Saturday's final. Her boxing team-mates Stephen Donnelly, Brendan Irvine, James McGivern and Carly McNaul secured bronze at least, giving the fighters eight medals out of the team's 10-medal haul to date with three more days of competition remaining.

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