Thursday 14 December 2017

Athletics: Barr blossoms as Harvey falters

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

THERE was agony and ecstasy for Ireland's 400m hurdlers at the European U-23 Championships in Finland, where Jason Harvey was disqualified and Thomas Barr almost broke the Irish senior record.

Dunmore East man Barr not only finished third in his semi-final to qualify for today's final (3.20) but he broke the magic 50-second mark for the first time with a new Irish U-23 record of 49:78, just fractionally off Tom McGuirk's 17-year-old senior record of 49:73.

In-form Crusaders hurdler Harvey, however, false-started in the earlier semi-final. His clubmate Richard Morrissey finished seventh in the 400m final in 46:61.

DSD's Gabrielle Coveney was fourth in her 400m heat in 59:45 and Steph Creaner (Celtic DCH) was sixth in her 200m heat in 24.39.

Sligo's Zak Irwin (Sligo AC) ran a 200m PB of 21:68 to finish second and make his semi-finals at the World Youth Championships in Donetsk (3.45).

David Cussen (Middle Abbey) also competes in today's high jump final (3.15) but Alice Akers (Marian) 53.43m failed to make the hammer final.

DSD'S Claire Tarplee finished sixth in the World Student Games 1500m final in Kazan in a time of 4:13.37.

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