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Leon shines despite delay as Megan delights Dame Mary

By Brian Hill

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Leon Reid proved once again last night that class always tells regardless of the circumstances surrounding a competition.

Reid was competing in the fifth Belfast International meeting at the Mary Peters track. However, the timing of his 100m race was badly affected by a major delay of some 20 minutes caused by the decision to move the hurdles races to the back straight.

The timing mechanism there was not working thereby affecting the entire programme.

This had a minimal effect on a rampant Reid, who stormed through the finish line in a super-fast 10.34 seconds which is just short of his PB of 10.33.

He was the proverbial street ahead of Dominik Kopec of Poland (10.52) and Senegal's Josh Swaray (10.66).

Multi Paralympic champion Jason Smyth had to settle for fourth in 10.72.

A relaxed Reid, who will be racing in the British Championships in Birmingham this weekend, said: "Yes, I expected to win. I am running well and that was a much better race than my recent performance in Cardiff.

"The technical problems associated with the delay did not affect me. These things happen," he added.

Reid is clearly full of confidence following his bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April.

The busy 23-year-old then went on to just lose out to Greek World Championship competitor Stefanos Tsakonas in a red hot 200m race where both were given the same time of 20.69.

Megan Marrs (20), of City of Lisburn, confirmed expectations by setting her third PB in three weeks with a new figure of 13.32 in the 100m hurdles.

This is a new Native Record and only marginally short of Dame Mary Peters' Munich Olympics National Record of 13.29. Fittingly, Dame Mary was on hand to congratulate British Indoors champion Marrs who said: "I am obviously delighted with that, particularly as I hit three hurdles. My preparation was also affected by the lengthy delay earlier on, when I sat in the call room for 45 minutes.

"This really sets me up for the British Championships this weekend. I can go much faster because my early season preparations were affected by final examinations at Loughborough."

Sarah Lavin was second in 13.59.

European bronze medallist Ciara Mageean had to settle for fourth place in 2.03.19 in a high class 800m contest.

The race was won by Claire Mooney (2.02.61) with Sarah Healy (2.02.76) taking the runner-up spot.

Mageean said: "I asked for an 800m race in the full knowledge that it was going to be tough. I led the second lap until the final bend, but my legs just didn't have it in the last 50m. I am determined to do well over my favoured 1500m event and will be next racing in Barcelona."

Conall Kirk set yet another PB with victory in 1.50.37 in the men's 800m just ahead of Luke McCann (1.50.60).

Sadam Koumi of Sudan won the 400m in 46.83 with Andrew Mellon of Queen's having to settle for third (48.28).

Commonwealth Games athlete Sommer Lecky won the high jump with 1.83m.

There was a convincing 400m hurdles win by Jason Harvey of Crusaders, 0.4 seconds ahead of the opposition in 52.14 which is close to his season's best.

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