Monday 26 September 2016

Barr's 'Uni' gold secures Athlete of the Year prize

Published 26/11/2015 | 02:30

Thomas Barr lifts his Athlete of the Year during the GloHealth National Athletic Awards 2015
Thomas Barr lifts his Athlete of the Year during the GloHealth National Athletic Awards 2015

Thomas Barr's gold medal at the World University Games and some outstanding performances throughout the season helped secure the Athlete of the Year prize at the GloHealth National Athletics Awards yesterday.

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The Ferrybank athlete was one of 18 award winners announced by Athletics Ireland, pipping Robert Heffernan and Mark English for the main award, with Heffernan gaining some compensation as the Endurance Athlete of the Year.

Barr also collected the 2015 track and field award after the 400 metre hurdler produced an outstanding season capped off by gold at the World University Games in Gwanju, South Korea.

He also improved his own Irish record to 48.65 seconds at the Rome Diamond League meeting, before narrowly missing out on a place in the final of the World Championships in Beijing.

The 23-year-old Waterford athlete has already turned his attention to next summer's Rio Olympics, and with the qualifying time already under his belt, his ambition is to make the final.

"Looking ahead to Rio, I'd love to be in the final," Barr said. "And the hairs rise on the back of my neck just thinking about it. But if I can come away and run my best, I'll be happy."

The latest induction into the Hall of Fame was former two-time 3,000m World Indoor champion Frank O'Mara. O'Mara was also part of the Irish quartet that set the 4 x one-mile world record in 1985.

Irish Independent

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