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Reid is to make Ireland debut at Euros should IAAF approve switch from GB

 

By Brian Hill

Sprint star Leon Reid is one of 15 Northern Ireland athletes named by Athletics Ireland in the squad for next week's European Championships in Berlin.

Athletes from the province make up nearly a third of the 47-person squad.

As exclusively revealed by this paper, Reid has been selected "pending the outcome of the IAAF transfer process".

Reid has been battling to switch his allegiance from Great Britain to Ireland, and the IAAF review panel has now commenced work on assessing athletes who wish to switch countries.

Strict new criteria have been introduced requiring athletes to wait three years and also have full citizenship of the country they wish to represent. As Reid (24) meets these requirements, he is expected to have his case approved.

Should this occur, he will most likely race over both 100m and 200m in Berlin.

There are no surprises concerning the other Northern Ireland athletes selected. Marathon stars Laura Graham (Mourne Runners), Breege Connolly (City of Derry Spartans), Gladys Ganiel (North Belfast), Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) and Kevin Seaward (St Malachy's) are all in.

Belfast's Stephen Scullion also qualified for the marathon but has opted for the 10,000m.

Ciara Mageean of City of Lisburn is selected for the 1,500m, in which she took bronze at the Euros two years ago. She is coming into perfect form after clinching two National titles at the weekend.

QUB's Emma Mitchell will race over 10,000m after breaking her own NI record in the Commonwealth Games in April.

Newcastle's Kerry O'Flaherty, who competed in the Rio Olympics, has been picked for the steeplechase.

Others travelling to Berlin are Ben Reynolds (North Down) in the 110m hurdles, Adam McMullen (Crusaders AC) in the long jump, plus three others selected for the 4x400m relays - Craig Newell (Ballymena), Andrew Mellon (Crusaders) and Davicia Patterson (Beechmount).

World Junior high jump silver medallist Sommer Lecky asked not to be selected as she is taking a break from competition.

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