Ben Reynolds achieves World Indoor 60m hurdles standard

Ben Reynolds
Ben Reynolds has already qualified to represent Ireland in this year's European Championships

North Down hurdler Ben Reynolds has qualified for next month's World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.

Six days after missing the qualifying standard by .01secs, Reynolds booked his place in Turkey by achieving exactly the 60m hurdles mark of 7.74 seconds at a meeting in Belgium.

The Holywood man, who was competing in Flanders, will represent Ireland at the World Indoors.

Brian Gregan also achieved the World Indoor 400m standard in Belgium.

The Clonliffe Harrier ran a time of 46.66 which was comfortably inside the Istanbul mark of 46.90.

Derval O'Rourke was scheduled to run in Belgium but opted not to compete because of a foot niggle.

Reynolds can now look forward to joining the likes of O'Rourke and Gregan in Turkey from 9/11 March as he competes for Ireland at a major senior championship for the first time.

The 21-year-old clocked improved his outdoor 110m hurdles personal best to 13.75 seconds last season and will have ambitions of challenging the London Olympics standard of 13.52.

He has already qualified for this year's European outdoor championships in Helsinki.

"There's a lot more to come," said Reynolds after his run on Saturday.

"Three weeks of solid training now to improve. Onwards and upwards."

Meanwhile, Ballymena & Antrim sprinter Dean Adams won the Scottish Indoor 60m on Sunday as he clocked 6.95 in the final at the Kelvin Hall on Sunday.

Those behind him included fourth-placer Thom Evans, the former Scottish rugby international who clocked 7.20.

Further afield, Joanne Cuddihy showed encouraging form outdoors in Australia as she won the 400m at the Sydney Track Classic in a decent time of 51.86.

Cuddihy is chasing the Olympic standard of 51.50.

At the same meeting in Australia, Paul Robinson set a 1500m personal best of 3:40.50 when he finished eighth.

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