Friday 13 December 2019

Barr follows sister's footsteps

Cliona Foley

WATERFORD hurdler Thomas Barr (18) followed his sister Jessie's heroics by running a new Irish record when winning his 400m hurdles heat at the European Junior Championships in Estonia.

The Ferrybank star, whose older sibling Jessie set a new Irish record in the same discipline when fifth at the European U-23 Championships last week, won his opening heat in in 51.29, which broke Pat Maher's national junior record of 51.53.

He competes in the semi-finals today (1.20 Irish time). Ireland's Joanna Mills (Ballymena & Antrim) finished fifth in yesterday's 400m final in 54.35, but was later upgraded to fourth when bronze medallist Adelina Pastor of Romania was disqualified.

Mark English (Letterkenny) eased through his 800m qualifying. He was third in his heat in 1:51.15 to reach today's semi-final (2.20).

Ferrybank hammer thrower Cara Kennedy's 56.24m in her qualifying group was not enough to progress.

Wexford discus thrower Marco Pons (DMP) is in qualification action today and Ireland's medal hopes tomorrow lie with Ciara Mageean in the 1500m final (3.05), English in the 800m final (2.25), and Barr, who could yet make the 400m hurdles final (2.10).

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