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NI athletes on song as they prepare for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

By Adam McKendry

Several Northern Irish athletes posted excellent times ahead of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast at a warm-up event in Brisbane.

Sprinter Leon Reid was one of the stand-outs, while Amy Foster (100m), Adam McMullen (long jump) and Kate O'Connor (heptathlon) will also be happy with their day's work at the Queensland Track and Field meeting.

Reid clocked two seasonal bests in the 100m and 200m on the day, finishing third in the former, as he continues to ramp up his preparations for the Games which start on Sunday April 8.

The Bath-based runner finished the 100m third in 10.75s, which is just four tenths slower than his fastest time, before he then registered a time of 20.90s in the 200m when finishing second to English rival Zharnel Hughes.

Foster came fourth in her event with a time of 11.81s, with England's Dina Asher-Smith the eventual winner; O'Connor was sixth in both the 100m hurdles and 200m in times of 14.82s and 25.64s respectively, while McMullen came a respectable fifth in the long jump, a result that he was delighted with.

"It was my biggest-ever season opener," the Magherafelt man said of his 7.78m jump. "There are still a few technical issues that can be adjusted. But things are looking good for the championships in two weeks."

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