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Commonwealth Games bronze for NI sprinter Reid

Reid won the medal in dramatic circumstances after another sprinter was disqualified. Credit: Athletics NI

Northern Ireland sprinter Leon Reid has been awarded bronze in the men’s 200m sprint at the Commonwealth Games.

The 23-year-old, who finished the race in 20.55 seconds, was originally fourth - but was promoted to third place after Zarnell Hughes of England was disqualified.

His medal is Northern Ireland’s first in athletics at the Commonwealth Games in 28 years.

Reid ran his second-fastest race ever in Gold Coast on Thursday to claim the prize in front of a crowd that included the legendary Usain Bolt.

“I had a little cry,” he revealed. “I’m very excited. I’m going to find my mum and celebrate tonight."

Zarnell Hughes was disqualified for an infraction and following an appeal the final standings were confirmed with Trinidad’s Jereem Richards in gold, Canada’s Aaron Brown landing silver and Leon Reid taking bronze.

The medal ceremony will take place on Friday.