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Leon Reid scorches to silver in European U23 success

By Staff Reporter

Northern Ireland's top sprinter Leon Reid stormed his way to a silver medal over 200 metres in the European U23 Athletics Championships in Tallinn, Estonia to once again confirm that the 20 year old is having his best season ever.

Earlier the Birchfield athlete, who competed for NI in last year's Glasgow Commonwealth Games, easily stormed through his heat and semi-final which he won in a season's best time of 20.65 secs. He then blasted out of his blocks in the final where Poland's Karol Zalewski proved too strong.

Zalewski took gold in 20.49 with Reid timed at 20.63 for silver, his 3rd fastest ever and only .01 secs slower than his PB.

Leon, whose mum is from Strabane, said: "It's good and bad. I know I could have got gold as I was neck and neck with the leader but I tightened up at the end. I'm still happy and I can't make excuses as the winner was really strong. The goal is to get medals for Great Britian, it's a pity it was the wrong colour."

There was another local success in the Men's 4x100 metres final where Ballymena's Jonathan Browning led the Irish team out on the first leg to their third Irish U23 record this season. The team finished a commendable fifth in a time of 39.89 secs which took an impressive .0.29 secs off their previous record. France took gold in 39.36 seconds.

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