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Disappointment for Reynolds as he fails to find form in qualifier


Upset: Ben Reynolds crashed out of the 60 metres hurdles
Upset: Ben Reynolds crashed out of the 60 metres hurdles

By Brian Hill

Holywood hurdler Ben Reynolds finished a rather disappointing seventh in his 60 metres hurdles heat at the weekend's World Indoors Athletics Championships in Birmingham.

Qualification for the semi-finals was relatively easy with the first four in each heat plus the four fastest losers progressing.

However 27-year-old Ben could only manage a time of 7.89 seconds in his heat which was well outside his PB of 7.73.

The race was won by Jarret Eaton of the US in 7.56.

Reynolds of Bangor AC, who will shortly travel to Australia's Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games, said: "I really didn't get into my rhythm.

"I clipped the first hurdle which wasn't ideal. I need some subtle adjustments."

Sprinter Amy Foster, hurdler Megan Marrs and 1,500 metres runner Ciara Mageean were all eliminated in their first rounds.

Meanwhile, in the Big Half Marathon in London Mourne Runners' Laura Graham took almost two minutes off her personal best when she finished in a superb time of 75 mins 9 secs. The race was won by GB's Charlotte Purdue in a PB of 70.29 .

This performance now gives double Belfast Marathon winner Graham an excellent chance of being selected by Ireland for the World Half Marathon in Valencia later this month.

Great Britain's Andrew Pozzi secured men's 60m hurdles gold by one-hundredth of a second yesterday.

Pozzi's 7.46 secs run just edged out American Jarret Eaton (7.47).

Both Pozzi and Eaton shook hands and stared at the arena's big screen as they waited for clarity on who had won. Roars met the result, as the Briton took the title having come from behind following Eaton's rapid start.

"My heart stopped at the end there," Pozzi told BBC Sport. "I knew the fifth hurdle I was behind.

"I can't describe how much I wanted it. I was throwing my body at the line."

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