Thursday 14 December 2017

Barr finds going tough in Zurich athletics

Thomas Barr finished third in the 400m hurdles at the IAAF Diamond League in Zurich last night, WRITES CATHAL DENNEHY

The 22-year-old ran 49.79 in cold conditions behind Kariem Hussein of Switzerland, who won in 49.16.

Barr admitted that the comedown from the IAAF World Championships in Beijing may have played a part in his slower time, which was over a second outside his national record.

"I just didn't have it in me today," said Barr. "It was a bit of a shoddy race. I struggled a bit. I think the travel may have taken it out of me. I haven't run at all really since Saturday, and that was in China, so it was tough getting back into the swing of things."

Barr will finish his season at the final IAAF Diamond League meeting in Brussels next Friday, where he will also race over 400m hurdles.


Irish amateur golf chiefs were on a high last night after both their men's and women's teams reached the semi-finals of the European seniors championships.

The men, who had topped the qualifiers by a staggering 24 strokes, had to dig deep over in Bulgaria to get the better of a plucky Swiss outfit 3.5-1.5 while the women overcame Belgium without losing a game.

Portmarnock's former European champion Adrian Morrow got the crucial last point at the expense of Bernard Stutz.

Defending champions Ireland will now face France for a place in the final while in the other semi Italy meet Scotland. The women saw off Belgium 4.5-0.5 in Lithuania and they also meet France in the semis.


Ireland's rowers faced a day of disappointment yesterday at the World Championships in France, where the semi-finals proved the undoing of both men's and women's lightweight double sculls, as well as the lightweight men's pair.

Despite their best efforts Sinead Jennings and Claire Lambe failed by the narrowest margin of making a top-three finish in their semi, missing out by just 0.5sec.

Olympic qualification beckons for the St Michael's and Old Collegians rowers so long as they don't finish last in tomorrow's B final.

It was a similar story for Paul and Gary O'Donovan in the lightweight men's double. After a sterling performance in the earlier rounds, they were one of the slowest qualifiers in their semi where Great Britain led the charge.

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