Monday 24 October 2016

'I'm still Irish after all' - Hero Thomas Barr's 'thank you' to supporters is brilliant

Geraldine Gittens

Published 19/08/2016 | 07:33

Photo: Twitter/ Scott Evans
Photo: Twitter/ Scott Evans

Thomas Barr enjoyed a celebratory beer last night after his epic, national record-breaking performance in the 400m hurdles yesterday.

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Still smiling ear to ear Barr met up with Irish badminton player Scott Evans and rower Gary O'Donovan in the Olympic village in Rio to cap off his heroic fourth-place finish.

The Ferrybank AC athlete posed for a photo with Evans and O'Donovan which proves that, as he said himself, he really is enjoying every minute of the Rio Olympics.

And he confessed, he's too busy celebrating to reply to everyone individually to thank them for their support.

"I'd love to reply to everyone individually but that would eat into valuable 'celebrating' time. Cheers lads #imstillirishafterall," he said.

Right, he is.

Barr, who is a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Limerick, is the first Irish finalist in the 400 hurdles since Bob Tisdall won gold in 1932.

He broke the 48 second barrier to come home in a time of 47.97, and missed out on a podium place by just five hundredths of a second.

Yesterday, he told RTE Sport: "To be anywhere close to a medal... I'm absolutely thrilled."

"I'm absolutely delighted to have made it to the final and I'm even more delighted to see a 47 up on that clock.

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