Thursday 29 September 2016

Thomas Barr runs season's best but fails to qualify for European 400m hurdles final

Published 07/07/2016 | 15:08

Thomas Barr in action at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Thomas Barr in action at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Marcus Lawler of Ireland in action during the Men's 200m qualifying on day two of the 23rd European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland's Amy Foster and Marcus Lawler have qualified for their respective semi-finals at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam

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Lawler, from the St Laurence O'Toole club, came fifth in his 200m heat in a time of 21.06 and advanced as a fastest qualifier.

“I’m into bonus territory now,” said the Carlow sprinter. “The atmosphere was brilliant and that’s what motivates me. I’m here to learn and keep progressing."

Foster finished in third place in her heat for the 100m in 11.57 which qualified her automatically for the semi-finals.

“I got the job done,” said Foster contentedly afterwards. “I would expect of myself to get through to the semis but now it’s a different ball game getting into a European final. I hoped to run faster but maybe the semi-final will be the time.”

There was disappointment for Karl Griffin (UCD) and Declan Murray (Clonliffe Harriers) who failed to advance from the heats of the 800m.

Tori Pena failed to make the pole vault final. Her best clearance of 4.35m was good enough for 15th place overall.

Ferrybank's Thomas Barr ran a season's best of 50:09 in the third semi-final of the 400m hurdles to finish fifth but failed to qualify for the final.

It was a decent performance from the Waterford man considering the injury woes he has suffered this season.

"I'm not long back so I'm glad to be here," Barr told RTÉ Sport. "At the same time I felt like I could have gone quicker, I felt like I had a big race in me.

"I kind of lost the head a little and couldn't get into a rhythm.

"I'm not sure I had another race in me though, so maybe it's a blessing in disguise."

Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) was seventh in his 400m semi-final in a time of 46.37. A good effort considering he had the imposition of running from lane one.

Sinead Denny (DSD) finished eighth of eight in her 400m semi-final in a time of 53.27.

Eoin Everard (Kilkenny City Harriers) was 11th in his heat of the 1,500m in a time of 3:34.5.

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