Thursday 8 December 2016

Barr secures victory but still has room for improvement

David Hooper

Published 25/05/2015 | 02:30

Thomas Barr clocked 49.50 seconds to win the IFAM international in Belgium
Thomas Barr clocked 49.50 seconds to win the IFAM international in Belgium

Thomas Barr continued his good early-season form with a controlled victory at the IFAM international in Belgium.

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The Waterford hurdler clocked 49.50 seconds, outside his national record yet over a second clear of second-placed Belgian runner Michael Bultheel. Barr's international room-mate Jason Harvey took third place in 51.61 seconds.

"A win is a win but I was hoping for a faster time," admitted Barr, who set a new national record at this event last year, before breaking it two weeks later.

"I tried out a new stride pattern, which needs a bit of work," revealed Barr, who finished third at the Diamond league in Doha last week. "I was feeling tired, the travelling caught up with me.

"I want to get in a good block of training now, I have the World Student Games as the next aim and then it's on to the World Championships in Beijing at the end of August"

At the same meet, Ciara Everard set a new 800m personal best of 2:01.21, Just 21 hundred seconds off the standard for this year's World Championship, moving her to eighth in the Irish all-time rankings.

Elsewhere, Mark English took fifth place at the FBK Games in the Netherlands, clocking 1:45.83, just 37 hundredths of a second behind winner, Poland's Marcin Lewandoski. The time qualifies English for this year's World Championship.

At the same meet, Ciarán ó Lionáird returned to racing, posting 3:53.47 for last place over 1,500 metres, Robert Kiptoo Biwott's world lead time of 3:35.75 winning out. Laura Crowe clocked 2.39.86 over 1,000m.

Meanwhile, Fionnuala Britton continued her migration onto the roads with a debut half-marathon time of 1:13.44 for eighth place at the Mattoni Karlovy Half in Czech Republic. The race was won by Ethopia's Gezahegne Kene in 1:04.34.

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