Belfast Telegraph

Double gold adds further gloss to a life-changing week for prolific Leon Reid


By Brian Hill

New sprint star Leon Reid showed his usual class at last night's fourth Belfast International Athletics Meeting at the Mary Peters Track.

This was despite an inauspicious start when he was a member of the Northern Ireland relay team which dropped the baton. However, Reid was not involved in this mistake and shortly afterwards proceeded to excel in the Men's 100 metres event which he won with ease in 10.32 secs. This would have been a new personal best time but the wind speed, surprisingly, was over the limit on a very calm night.

The busy Reid completed his evening with a leisurely victory in the 200 metres in 21.02 secs.

The Bristol and West athlete was competing 72 hours after his amazing bronze medal in the British Championships, where he achieved a World Championships time of 20.38 secs.

Reid said he was still tired and jet lagged after Sunday but was very happy with his time and added that his life had changed completely since the weekend.

"My head is still spinning but I am taking it a day at a time," he explained.

"I have lots of things on including a wedding and competing for the Northern Ireland relay team at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday."

Reid is adamant that he wants to continue to pursue his application to compete for Ireland at World and Olympic level. Athletes switching countries have currently been blocked by the IAAF. City of Lisburn's Megan Marrs is a happy woman after recording a third PB in the 100 metres hurdles in as many weeks.

She clocked 13.54 secs in winning the first race against British Trials fourth placer Molly Courtney, who recorded 13.51 secs when winning the second race. Marrs' time is only 0.09 secs off the qualification time for the Gold Coast Games.

"I have felt that this has been coming for a while," she said.

"I have just finished my first year exams at Loughborough and that is a major relief.

"My technique over the first first hurdles was excellent so it was unfortunate I hit the last hurdle."

Finn Valley's Sommer Lecky continued her spectacular season with an impressive victory in the High Jump.

The 17-year-old won with a jump of 1.83 metres. In winning she took the scalp of Polish Champion Aneta Rydz, who recently jumped 1.87 metres.

The Strabane grammar school girl, who narrowly failed at a personal best attempt of 1.86 metres, said: "I am very pleased with that. I don't think too much about records and just like to compete. I'll be competing in the next few days in the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas."

The happiest athlete of the evening, however, was Welsh athlete Osian Jones, who set a national record in the Hammer of 69.20 metres.

In a high quality event, Gold Coast bound Dempsey McGuigan was second with 66 metres.

Other clear victories included Adam McMullen - who has been selected for the Euro U23 Championships - in the long jump (7.61 metres), Andrew Mellon in the 400 metres (47.28 secs) and Denmark's Thijis Niijhuis in the 1,500 metres ( 3.47.49).

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