Reynolds continues to impress

HURDLER Ben Reynolds must have propelled himself onto the Irish team for the World Indoors Athletics Championships in Istanbul with his third Under 23 record of the season.

The 21-year-old North Down performer improved his own standard by one hundredth of a second when he ran 7.74 in Ghent, Belgium to achieve the qualifying time.

He should now go to the Championships on a small team which includes the already selected former World champion womens hurdler Derval O’Rourke.

The side will be announced shortly.

“There is a lot more to come,” he said after his run.

“I will now have three weeks of solid training to improve.”

Ben was unlucky in the summer not to be selected for the British U23 side for the Europeans after running the qualifying time just one day after the deadline in spite of some previous precedents. He then switched to Ireland.

He ran three new Northern Ireland outdoor records culminating with 13.75, he will be aiming also at European selection in June.

Brian Gregan of Clonliffe Harriers also dipped under the 400 metre qualifying when he ran 46.66 in second place.

p Mo Farah could be a notable absentee when Great Britain name their team for the upcoming World Indoor Championships in Istanbul next month.

The world 5,000 metres champion revealed after running in Birmingham on Saturday he and his coach Alberto Salazar had yet to decide whether he would race over 3,000m in Turkey.