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'I need to be in the mix, not finishing seventh': Leon Reid disappointed by 200m final run

Reid finished seventh in tonight’s 200m final.

Reid: "It's not bad but it's not great."
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LEON REID RAN the second-fastest Irish time ever in the European Championship 200m final, but couldn’t hide his disappointment as it was only good enough for seventh place.

Reid clocked a time of 20.37 seconds in Berlin, a tenth of a second off his personal best, as Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev took gold in 19.76.

Team GB’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake won silver in 20.04, edging Switzerland’s Alex Wilson, who was also timed at 20.04, into bronze by mere milliseconds.

“It’s just terrible,” Reid told RTÉ after his first major championship in an Irish singlet.

“I thought my bend was really good and then I didn’t have the legs to finish it off. It’s disappointing really.

“It’s not bad but it’s not great. If anything, I wanted a PB. It’s not good enough.

“I need to be in the mix. I don’t want to be finishing seventh. It is what it is for now.

“I know there are some guys there that I can beat but I just couldn’t today, so it’s disappointing.”

– Updated 20.55: An earlier version of this article incorrectly named the silver medallist as Nethaneel Mitchell-Black; his name is Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake.

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