Friday 20 September 2019

Barr 'happy' with form as Doha edges nearer


Thomas Barr remains positive. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Thomas Barr remains positive. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Thomas Barr was in upbeat mood after a strong showing at the Diamond League in Paris on Saturday, where the 27-year-old finished seventh in the 400m hurdles in 49.32, his second fastest time of the season.

The race was won by world champion Karsten Warholm in 47.26, with Barr navigating the tricky lane one to come home a couple of seconds behind. Having missed three weeks of training due to a calf strain in July, Barr is still well off peak fitness, but he believes he can make up much of the ground ahead of the World Championships in Doha, which begin in late September.

"I still don't have enough speed in the legs in the first 200, but I'm happy with that race - it was the first race this season where I felt I was racing rather than worrying about stride pattern or rhythm," he said.

"Doha is creeping up, it's only a month away, but I live for championships, I love championships and I always do my best at them, so I'm looking forward to knuckling down after the Diamond League final in Zurich and getting a few hard weeks of training done. There's plenty to build on in the next two or three weeks. It's a good start."

Elsewhere, Irish 400m champion Chris O'Donnell equalled his personal best when clocking 46.54 in Brussels, where Leon Reid took another step towards the world qualifying standard with a season's best over 200m of 20.57.

Marcus Lawler ran 20.87 to win the 'B' race, while Stephen Gaffney clocked 10.58 for 100m.

Rio Olympian Breege Connolly took victory at the Frank Duffy 10-mile in the Phoenix Park on Saturday, the second leg of the KBC Dublin Race Series. She clocked 58:30, while in the men's race Yared Derese took victory in 49:06.

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