Sunday 11 December 2016

Thomas Barr smashes Irish record to reach 400m hurdles final in stunning fashion

Published 17/08/2016 | 02:30

Thomas Barr celebrates winning the Men's 400m Semi-Final at the Olympic Stadium. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Thomas Barr celebrates winning the Men's 400m Semi-Final at the Olympic Stadium. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Thomas Barr produced the performance of his life to qualify for the final of the 400m hurdles on Thursday.

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The Waterford athlete smashed his own Irish record to win the third semi-final in a time of 48.39.

The 24-year-old was visibly chuffed after the race.

His display is even more remarkable when you consider that his preparation has been curtailed by injury woes.

It’s the first time since 1932 that Ireland have had a finalist in the 400 hurdles when Bob Tisdall won gold.

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