Belfast Telegraph

Tears flow as Reid sprints to bronze joy

 

By Brian Hill

An emotional Leon Reid wept tears of joy after securing Northern Ireland's first Commonwealth Games athletics medal since 1990.

The 23-year-old claimed 200m bronze after the disqualification of England's Zharnel Hughes.

Hughes crossed the line first but was disqualified for running outside his lane as he attempted to hold off Trinidad & Tobago's Jereem Richards.

The revised result meant Richards took gold and Canada's Aaron Brown snatched silver. An England team appeal against Hughes' disqualification was later turned down by Games officials as Northern Ireland clinched their 11th medal of the Games.

"I had a little cry. I'm very excited. I'm going to find my mum and celebrate," said Reid. "I could hear my name being screamed and I wasn't going to give up. This is my best performance on the world stage."

In front of Usain Bolt, it was Bath-based Reid's second-quickest ever time of 20.55 seconds.

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