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TEAM NI: Amy Foster books place in 100m semi-final

Northern Ireland's Leon Reid (right) stands dejected before being disqualified for a false start in the Men's 100m Heat 3

Northern Ireland's Leon Reid (right) stands dejected before being disqualified for a false start in the Men's 100m Heat 3

 

Northern Ireland sprinter Amy Foster progressed to the women’s 100m semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

Foster clocked a time of 11.62 seconds to earn automatic qualification as she finished second in her first-round heat.

Meanwhile, there was double disappointment for Northern Ireland sprinters Jason Smyth and Leon Reid at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

Paralympic star Smyth bowed out of the Commonwealth Games 100m after the first-round heats while teammate Reid was disqualified in the same event.

Smyth started positively in heat four before fading in the second half to finish sixth in 10.66.

The 27-year-old’s time was .44 outside his personal best set in 2011.

Reid’s first Northern Ireland outing proved a disappointing one as his false start led to a red card.

The London-born 20-year-old switched allegiance to Northern Ireland in February as his mother hails from the province.

Antigua & Barbuda’s Tahir Walsh had already been disqualified in heat three before Reid jumped the gun.

Reid – who won European Junior Championship 200m silver last year – will now turn his focus to the longer distance.

Smyth is also scheduled to run the 200m in Glasgow.

On the opening date of athletics action at the Games, Northern Ireland’s Gladys Ganiel produced a spirited 12th-place finish in the women’s marathon with her finishing time of 2:40.29 only 57 seconds outside her personal best set in Berlin last September.

The American-born runner was making her first appearance at a major championship at the age of 37.

Kenyan Flomena Cheyech Daniel took the gold medal in 2:26.45 ahead of her compatriot Caroline Kilel [2:27.10] with Australia’s Jess Trengove [2:30.12] winning the bronze.

 

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