07 Jul Former SGS Athlete Leon Reid in World Championships’ frame
Former SSG College Athletics Academy sprinter Leon Reid is in contention for World Championships after finishing third in the 200m at the GB trials.
Reid, 22, guaranteed his Commonwealth Games selection for Northern Ireland with two stunning runs on Sunday.
After clocking 20.59 seconds in the heats, he improved his PB to 20.38 in the final.
That came as he produced a stunning late run in the outside lane to pip 2015 World Championship fifth-placer Zharnel Hughes (20.42) for third spot in Birmingham.
Reid’s final time was 0.06 seconds inside UK Athletics World Championship standard and also broke Paul Brizzell’s Northern Ireland record of 20.54 set in 2000.
Those behind Reid also included Rio Olympics fourth-placer Adam Gemili who
Bristol sprinter Reid’s performances on Sunday meant he became the 11th Northern Ireland athlete to achieve a Gold Coast mark.
Reid, who competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, set his previous 200m best of 20.62 in 2015.