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Video: Ireland's Thomas Barr delivers world class display to finish third at Diamond League in Doha

Published 15/05/2015 | 18:41

Bershawn Jackson of the United States (2R) races to the line ahead of Thomas Barr of Ireland (L), Rasmus Magi of Estonia (2L) and Javier Coulson of Puerto Rico (R) during the Doha IAAF Diamond League 2015 meeting at the Qatar Sports Club in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Bershawn Jackson of the United States (2R) races to the line ahead of Thomas Barr of Ireland (L), Rasmus Magi of Estonia (2L) and Javier Coulson of Puerto Rico (R) during the Doha IAAF Diamond League 2015 meeting at the Qatar Sports Club in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Ireland's Thomas Barr delivered a world class performance to finished third in a superb time of 48.99 seconds at the IAAF Diamond League Meeting in Doha this evening.

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The Waterford hurdler was just under a tenth of a second away from his Irish record and his performance backs up the fact that he was awarded the European athlete of the month in April.

Barr was drawn in lane seven for the race with two of the pre-race favourites American Bershawn Jackson and Puerto Tican Javier Culson drawn inside him.

Despite the explosive start by Jackson, Barr ran his own race and stormed through the field over the last 100m to finish in third place in a time of 48.99. Jackson won the race in a world leading time of 48.09 with Culson finishing in second place in 48.96 seconds.

An impressive performance by the Waterford athlete when you consider both Jackson (2008) and Culson (2012) claimed the bronze medals at the last two Olympic Games.

It is a big year for Barr with the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Beijing in August the major target.

His sister Jessie, an Olympian from London 2012 herself, took to Twitter after his performance and tweeted this message:


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