Sprint ace Reid gunning for world glory in Tokyo
‘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.