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Marrs happy to record her third best career time

 

By Brian Hill

City of Lisburn AC hurdler Megan Marrs recorded her third fastest time in front of a 25,000 crowd at yesterday's Muller Anniversary Games at the London Stadium.

In her heat, Megan finished seventh in 13.37 seconds behind Kendra Harrison who won in 12.50. Megan defeated fellow GB athlete Jessica Hunter who was timed at 13.78.

Twenty-year-old Megan, whose best time is 13.32, said: "I seem to be getting into a routine of plus 13 seconds performances.

"While my start here wasn't the best, I am nevertheless very pleased with the result in view of the problems I and other athletes experienced in the warm-up.

"With the exception of the Americans, we weren't allowed to practise with hurdles which is just ridiculous .

"However, I am determined to go faster and will be racing again at Loughborough on Wednesday.

"It was pretty surreal competing in front of a crowd of 25,000."

Ireland were competing in the two sprint relays.

The women's team finished seventh in 44.23 seconds in a race won by Great Britain in 42.36.

The men's team were eighth in 40.47 with the GB team again victorious in a world leading time of 37.61.

Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games bronze medallist sprinter Leon Reid will be anxiously awaiting a decision by the IAAF this week on athletes wishing to transfer countries .

Reid (23) has been involved in a vigorous campaign for some time to represent Ireland in major competitions. His birth mother was from Belfast and Leon holds an Irish passport.

However, the IAAF as the world governing body, is determined to eradicate what it sees as past abuse of the transfer rules by some countries, notably Qatar and Turkey.

It is highly likely that at their meeting in Buenos Aires this week it will pass a proposal that athletes in future will be subject to a minimum three-year waiting period before transferring to another country.

Leon last represented Great Britain in July 2015 when he gained a silver medal in the European Under-23 Championships.

If it is decided that Leon's transfer would start from that date, he could then represent Ireland in next month's European Championships in Berlin.

Irish performance director Paul McNamara said he has been in regular contact with the IAAF on this matter. He said it would be a major boost for the Irish team if Leon became eligible to compete for Ireland in Berlin.

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