Sprint ace Reid gun­ning for world glory in Tokyo

Wexford People - - SPORT -

‘I MIGHT pos­si­bly be in the best shape of my life.’

Those were the words of Me­napi­ans A.C. ath­lete Leon Reid hav­ing qual­i­fied for the men’s 200m fi­nal at last April’s Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games in Aus­tralia.

He then went on to win a bronze medal, North­ern Ire­land’s first Com­mon­wealth Games ath­let­ics medal since 1990.

Leon, who won Euro­pean medals for Britain at Ju­nior and Un­der-23 level, made a de­ci­sion a cou­ple of years ago to switch his al­le­giance from the U.K. to Ire­land.

He then en­dured a frus­trat­ingly long wait for a sat­is­fac­tory out­come to his ap­pli­ca­tion to the I.A.A.F.

His case was not helped by the Fed­er­a­tion in­tro­duc­ing a to­tal freeze on in­ter-coun­try trans­fers. Shortly af­ter it an­nounced that trans­fers would recom­mence un­der new rules, word fi­nally came through that Leon’s trans­fer was of­fi­cially ap­proved.

He was on the next plane to Ber­lin for the Euro­pean cham­pi­onships where, for the first time, he would be wear­ing a green sin­glet.

Leon was ul­ti­mately dis­ap­pointed with his Ber­lin ex­pe­ri­ence as he could only man­age a sev­enth place fin­ish in the 200m fi­nal, de­spite clock­ing 20.37, just out­side his Ir­ish record of 20.27 which he ran when plac­ing third at the 2018 Bri­tish cham­pi­onships.

This re­sult did not stop ‘The Ir­ish Times’ an­nounc­ing that he rep­re­sented ‘the fu­ture of Ir­ish men’s sprint­ing’.

He clearly showed, ear­lier in the year, that he is top dog in Ir­ish men’s sprint­ing.

At the A.A.I. in­door games he did the 60m dou­ble, winning the se­ries one race in 6.81s and the se­ries two race in 6.79s.

He also placed sec­ond in the 400m in a time if 48.48s. He also had dou­ble suc­cess na­tion­ally at both the in­door and the out­door cham­pi­onships.

Leon is de­lighted to be a com­mit­ted mem­ber of Team Ire­land and says he is to­tally fo­cused on the world track and field cham­pi­onships in Tokyo.

Leon Reid of Me­napi­ans.

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