Leon Reid

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Leon Reid
Leon Reid 2018.jpg
Leon Reid in 2018
Personal information
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Republic of Ireland Irish
Born (1994-07-26) 26 July 1994 (age 24)
Event(s)100 metres, 200 metres
Coached byJames Hillier
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)200 m: 20.38 (2017)

Leon Reid (born 26 July 1994) is a male track and field sprinter that competes for Ireland. He currently trains in Bath, England. Reid has self-identified as both Northern Irish and Irish.[1]

Born in the West Country, England, Reid won silver medals for Great Britain at the European Youth Summer Olympic Festival, 2013 European Athletics Junior Championships and 2015 European Athletics U23 Championships. He also won a relay silver medal for England at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games. He later decided to represent Northern Ireland – the nation of his mother's birth – and made his international debut for them at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He attempted to transfer his allegiance to represent Ireland, but this move was blocked following a temporary freeze on such moves by the International Association of Athletics Federations.[1] Once the freeze was lifted, Reid began competing for Ireland, with his first event the 2018 European Championships.

Reid took bronze in the men's 200 metres at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Initially he finished 4th, but was elevated when Zharnel Hughes was disqualified for a lane violation.[2] This was the first Commonwealth Games athletics medal for Northern Ireland in 28 years.[3][4]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2011 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival Trabzon, Turkey 2nd 100 m 10.68
2nd 4 × 100 m relay 41.37
Commonwealth Youth Games Douglas, Isle of Man 6th 100 m 10.72w
2nd 4 × 100 m relay 41.06
2013 European Junior Championships Rieti, Italy 2nd 200 m 20.92
5th 4 × 100 m relay 40.09
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland — (h) 100 m DQ
8th (semis) 200 m 21.03
2015 European U23 Championships Tallinn, Estonia 2nd 200 m 20.63
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 3rd 200 m 20.55
European Championships Berlin, Germany 7th 200 m 20.37
11th (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:06.55

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bloom, Ben (31 March 2018). "Leon Reid interview: Meet the England-born sprinter chasing glory for Northern Ireland... despite hatred, red tape and international exile" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  2. ^ "Commonwealth Games: NI's Leon Reid wins 200m bronze after disqualification". 12 April 2018 – via www.bbc.com.
  3. ^ "Leon Reid wins Northern Ireland's first athletics medal at Commonwealth Games in 28 years" – via www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk.
  4. ^ McCausland, Malcolm. "Leon Reid claims bronze for Team NI in Commonwealth Games 200m final". The Irish News.

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