Belfast Telegraph

Reynolds in good shape for European bid

By Brian Hill

Top Irish high hurdler Ben Reynolds was in impressive form in Gothenburg at the weekend when he recorded a very fast 13.59 seconds time to finish fourth behind former Olympic champion Dayron Robles of Cuba, who was timed at 13.30 seconds.

The 23-year-old North Down man's time would have been a mere 0.1 seconds outside his year-old Northern Ireland record of 13.49 seconds had it not been for a 2.8 metre wind which was over the permitted two metre limit.

Reynolds is improving with every race and will now be looking forward to representing Ireland in this weekend's European Team Championship in Tallin.

The Holywood man is on record as stating that he wants to get down to the "low 13 seconds" this season en route to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

In a busy weekend for Irish athletes, Donegal's Mark English ran his third fastest ever 800 metres time of 1.45.03 in New York, finishing second.

In Geneva, Ferrybank's 400 metres hurdler Thomas Barr went to the top of the European rankings when he smashed his two-week-old Irish record by a huge 0.71 seconds margin to set new figures of 48.90 seconds.

He defeated European champion Rys Williams, who was second in 48.95 seconds. Barr's time places him sixth in the current World rankings.

At the Irish Miler's Club meeting in Irishtown, 18-year-old Aislinn Crossey of Newry AC raced to an 800 metres "B" standard time for next month's World Junior Championships in the US.

Aislinn recorded a season's best time of 2.08.03. North Down's Rachel Gibson set a PB of 2.11.58.

At the same meeting, Andrew Wright of Willowfield AC took a four seconds off his previous 1,500 metres best when he crossed in 3.50.94. The race was won by England's Dan Studley in 3.44.76.

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