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NI medal winner Reid clinches the 150m in city race

 

By Brian Hill

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Leon Reid continued his winning ways at the weekend's Manchester Great CityGames when he won the 150 metres event in a personal best time of 15.52 seconds.

The 23-year-old was well out of his blocks in this rarely run event in the city centre and crossed the line for a clear victory over Holland's Solomon Bockarie, who was timed at 15.57 secs.

Reid, who recorded his second best ever time when taking the bronze medal for Northern Ireland last month over 200 metres in Australia, has clearly maintained his fitness in this early season meeting. He said: "I fear no-one at the moment. I kept my form to the end of the race."

Londonderry's multi World Paralympic champion Jason Smyth was victorious in the 150 metres event for visually impaired athletes, where he recorded 15.82 secs.

Rio Olympics fourth placer Thomas Barr of Waterford was second in the 200 metres hurdles in a personal best time of 23.19 secs. The race was won by Bershawn Jackson of the US in 22.58 secs.

Meanwhile, in the European 10,000 metres Cup in Highgate, London, Banbridge's Emma Mitchell ran a European qualifying time of 32 mins 55.26 secs. This was Emma's third fastest ever time and it was just over five seconds slower than her NI record performance last month in the Gold Coast Games.

Cardiff's Charlotte Arter was top GB finisher when she took bronze in 32.15.77

Other Irish performances included Shona Heslip (33.24), Armagh's Fionnuala Ross who ran a PB of 33 mins 50 secs and Strabane-based Anne Marie McGlynn (33.53).

In the Men's races, Foyle's Scott Rankin recorded 31 mins 2 secs while other local times included Londonderry's Mark Long (PB of 32.00), Pat McNiff of Banbridge (32.18) and Newcastle's Eoghan Totton (33.46).

Kent's Alex Yee was top GB man in fifth place in 27.51.94.

Top finisher in the Les Jones 10k at Malone was QUB's Vincent M'Kenna who was timed at 33 mins 11 secs, while the Ladies prize went to North Down's Jessica Craig who was ninth overall in 37.25.

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