Wednesday 25 April 2018

Ireland's Thomas Barr qualifies for semi-final of 400m hurdles but he is far from happy

Thomas Barr of Ireland competes in the Men's 400m Hurdles during day three
Thomas Barr of Ireland competes in the Men's 400m Hurdles during day three
Thomas Barr

Cathal Dennehy in London

He’s through, but only just. Thomas Barr qualified for the 400m hurdles semi-final at the IAAF World Championships in London by finishing fourth in his heat in 49.79 this morning.

In a race won by TJ Holmes of the US in 49.35, Barr had initially crossed the line in fifth place, outside the automatic qualification spots, but despair soon turned to relief for the 25-year-old Waterford man after realising race favourite Kyron Mcmaster of the British Virgin Islands was disqualified for a lane infringement, upgrading Barr to fourth.

“I’m really disappointed with that even though I’m getting through on a disqualification,” said Barr. “At least I’ve given myself another bite of the cherry.”

Barr, however, is adamant that he can produce a stronger performance when he takes to the track for the semi-final tomorrow evening at 8:20pm.

“I know where I can make up time,” he said. “I always feel a little lethargic coming into and out of heats, so hopefully there’s more there tomorrow. I was going in green today because I had it planned out in my head but it didn’t work out the way I planned. Tomorrow I’ll go in with a renewed focus. I’ll build myself up and go again.”

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