Sunday 21 April 2019

Barr to ramp up speed training for 400m Indoor tilt

Thomas Barr. Photo: Sportsfile
Thomas Barr. Photo: Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Thomas Barr is set to target the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow next March, where the Waterford athlete will switch events to the flat 400m.

Speaking at yesterday's National Athletics Awards in Blanchardstown, where he was named Athlete of the Year, Barr revealed the timing of next year's World Championships in Doha will allow him to pursue a serious indoor season for the first time in his senior career.

"I'll have to build up a bit of speed," said Barr, who won bronze in the 400m hurdles at the European Championships in August. "Training is going well the last couple of months and I'm looking forward to the winter slog. Every training session seems to be nasty at the moment but we're looking forward to reaping the benefits."

Next year's World Championships will take place during the first week of October, two months later than its regular slot, which means Barr will race a full indoor campaign hone his speed, a process he will begin during a warm weather camp in Tenerife in January.

In what was a hugely successful year for Irish athletics, particularly at underage level, Barr paid tribute to his fellow athletes who he also fended off to win Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

"It's literally only the medal that pipped me to that post," he said. "Phil Healy with two records was astonishing and the strength and depth in the youths and juniors is amazing. If we can get them pulled through to the senior level we're in a really strong position. For a year where there was so much going on elsewhere in sport, athletics was still at the forefront and getting coverage in national papers so it's in a good place."

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