Irish sprinter qualifies for European 200m final with blistering run 1 year ago

Irish sprinter qualifies for European 200m final with blistering run

Irish sprinter Leon Reid has qualified for the men's 200m final at the European Championships in Berlin after clocking a time of 20.38 seconds in Wednesday's semi-final.

Reid was cleared to race for Ireland last week after his transfer of allegiance from Britain to Ireland was approved by the IAAF.

The 24-year-old, originally from Bath, won a National sprint double over 100m-200m in Santry, Dublin, last month and he qualifies for Ireland through his Belfast born mother after previously representing Great Britain at junior and under-23 level.

No Irish sprinter has ever won a medal at the European Championships but Reid will have a chance to end that drought alongside Thomas Barr who qualified for the final of the 400m men's hurdles with a time of 49.10 seconds on Tuesday.

Spain's Bruno Hortelano won 200m gold at the 2016 European Athletics Championships with a time of 20.45 seconds which should put Reid in contention if he can replicate his form from Wednesday's semi-final.