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Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Leon Reid secured a double victory in the weekend's invite-only Irish Life Indoor Athletics  in Dublin which acted as a selection for the European Championships in less than two weeks' time

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Leon Reid secured a double victory in the weekend's invite-only Irish Life Indoor Athletics in Dublin which acted as a selection for the European Championships in less than two weeks' time

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Leon Reid secured a double victory in the weekend's invite-only Irish Life Indoor Athletics in Dublin which acted as a selection for the European Championships in less than two weeks' time

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Leon Reid secured a double victory in the weekend's invite-only Irish Life Indoor Athletics in Dublin which acted as a selection for the European Championships in less than two weeks' time.

The 26-year-old had little difficulty winning his specialist 200 metres event where his 20.96 time ensured a clear victory over Ireland's Marcus Lawler.

However Reid was later pushed much harder in the 60 metres sprint when securing victory in 6.72 secs. This equals his personal best and secures easy qualification for the Euros.

Reid had to work to claim the win from UCD's Israel Olatunde who was timed at 6.74 secs ahead of current Irish champion Dean Adams in third in 6.78 secs.

Ulster University's Katie Kirk faced possibly the strongest 800 metres field ever assembled in Ireland.

DSD's Sinead Denny set a relentless pace from the gun with 400 metres covered in 57 secs before team-mate Georgie Hartigan broke away .

Hartigan just held on for victory in a huge PB of 2 mins 1.50 secs which places her second in the Irish All Time List behind recent double Irish record holder Nadia Power .

Leevale's Louise Shanahan just missed victory in 2.01.67, followed by Iseult O'Donnell of Raheny in 2.02.29. Only three of these athletes will compete in the Euros, while Kirk finished a rather subdued fifth in 2.05.37.

Former European indoors 800 metres silver medallist Mark English recorded both a European qualification and a National Record of 1.46.10.

Commonwealth Games heptathlon finalist Kate O'Connor started her year in fine form with a huge PB in the Shot Put. Her throw of 14.22 metres, behind winner Michaela Walsh (15.17 metres), added almost a metre to her previous best. Earlier, the Newry woman had set new figures of 8.57 secs in the 60 metres hurdles.

Former World Junior high jump silver medallist Sommer Lecky of Finn Valley won the high jump with 1.80 metres.

City of Derry's Conor Bradley took five seconds off his PB when finishing third in the 3,000 metres in 7 mins 53.70 secs behind Donore's John Travers (7.50.40), while Bangor's Andrew Mellon was second in the 400 metres in 47.79 secs.

Belfast Telegraph


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