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Rio 2016 Athletics Ireland Day 7 Report

Rio Olympics - Athletics Ireland Day 7 Report

Rio de Janeiro, Thursday August 18th 2016

Athletics Ireland report by Feidhlim Kelly

Thomas Barr Rio 2016 Olympic 400m Hurdles Final min

Fantastic Fourth for Thomas Barr

Thomas Barr (Ferrybank) put in the performance of his life to finish a fantastic fourth in the final of the 400m Hurdles at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in a new national record of 47.97 seconds today (August 18).

Barr was delighted with what was arguably the greatest Irish men’s track and field performance of the modern era.

“Aw lads, so close,” said a delighted Barr afterwards. “Close but no cigar this time round. I’m absolutely thrilled with what’s my first Olympics. 47 seconds, that really puts me on the map.”


Video - Thomas Barr talks to RTE Sport after the Race

Video - Thomas Barr talks to Athletics Ireland after the Race


Barr’s 47.97 clocking is truly world class territory – the last athlete not to medal running sub 48 was in Atlanta in 1996 by Sweden's Sven Nylander in 47.98 who also finished fourth. Until today, only one athlete since 2013 has run under 48 seconds. The last time four athletes went under 48 seconds was fifteen years ago.

The Ferrybank athlete has struggled through much of the year with injuries but an 11 week block of training masterminded by his coaches Haley and Drew Harrison has paid dividends alongside his support team.

“It’s been absolutely immense,” he said. “It’s been a tough year. I’d like to thank everyone who has stood by me – especially in the tough times. My coaches Haley and Drew (Harrison) have gotten me into such good fitness – not just for one good race but for three good races and a new national record of 47 seconds.

“I’d like to give a big thanks to my physio Emma Gallivan and my friends and my housemates. For all the support for the last three or four days from the fans has been absolutely fantastic.”
Thomas Barr's races by numbers

48.39 NR
47.97 NR

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