Leon Reid

IRISH 200M SPRINTER

YOUNG – AGGRESSIVE – FEARLESS

Leon Reid is a male track and field sprinter that competes for Northern Ireland and Ireland.

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. 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. This was the first Commonwealth Games athletics medal for Northern Ireland in 28 years.

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‘I’m caught up in this web of online hate’ – Irish sprinter Leon Reid opens up about social media abuse
Irish sprinter Leon Reid has revealed how he has become a target for racial abuse on social media. He wants social media companies to clamp down on fake accounts to contain the problem. But it’s not just online trolls the 26-year-old English-born athlete, who now represents Ireland, has had to cope with. “Yesterday an American I met in a hotel in Madrid said to me be ‘How can you be Irish, you are black’? So, it is still going on today. It’s a bit crazy,” he revealed.
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Leon Reid conquers troubled past in quest for Olympic glory
After a childhood spent surrounded by drug abuse and crime, Leon Reid is forging his own destiny. The 200m sprinter spoke with Tokyo 2020 about life growing up, training with Usain Bolt and what it felt like to become Northern Ireland’s first international track and field medallist in 28 years. The first time you read Leon Reid’s story, you’d be forgiven for thinking his life could more easily have turned out another way. Brought up in England’s West Country by a mother struggling with drug addiction and sent to live in 14 different foster homes, Reid had to learn quickly to rely on himself.
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Horizon Tokyo // RTE

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Leon Reid // Olympic Day 2020: Behind the Dreams

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