Saturday 21 September 2019

Barr the headliner in Irish crew for Qatar


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

Cathal Dennehy

Thomas Barr is the stand-out name among a provisional Irish team of five for the upcoming World Championships in Doha, Qatar. The Waterford hurdler appears to hold the best chance of the quintet which was announced after the deadline passed for qualification overnight.

Barr joins Ciara Mageean as the only Irish participants currently qualified on the track, with Alex Wright (20km race walk), Brendan Boyce (50km race walk) and Stephen Scullion (marathon) all in action on the roads.

However, the team is expected to grow in the coming days as the sport's governing body (IAAF) fills out the fields via its quota system, which invites athletes who fell short of the qualification standard in events where the quota has yet to be filled.

Mark English (800m), Phil Healy (200m) and Michelle Finn (3,000m steeplechase) should be offered places having narrowly missed the qualifying standards, with Síofra Cléirigh-Buttner in the women's 800m another possible addition.

Elsewhere, Joe Gough won 1,500m gold at the European Masters Championships in Italy, taking the M65 category in 4:54.14 ahead of Irish team-mate Brian Lynch (4:55.21).

Mayo native Sinéad Diver was in action at the Great North Run in Newcastle, where she clocked 69:32 to finish sixth in a race won by Kenya's Brigid Kosgei in 64:28, the fastest half-marathon ever by a woman.

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