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Thomas Barr and Mark English bow out of World semi-finals in Beijing

Thomas Barr on his way to advancing to today’s 400m hurdles semi-final in Beijing
Thomas Barr on his way to advancing to today’s 400m hurdles semi-final in Beijing

Sean McGoldrick

Thomas Barr and Mark English failed in their efforts to reach World Championship Finals in Beijing today.

Barr has bowed out of at the semi-final stage of the 400m hurdles. The Waterford native finished fourth in today’s semi-final in Beijing in 48.71 seconds.

Only the first two finishers in the three semi-finals plus the two fastest losers qualified for the final. Barr’s time wasn’t fastest enough to claim the fastest losers spot. Turkey’s Yasmani Copella clinched the eighth final place with a 48.46 effort.

Earlier Alex Wright was disqualified in the 20km walk.

There was no joy either for English in the 800m. Ironically, the Letterkenny medical student ran faster than Olympic champion and World record holder David Rudisha. The Kenyan won his heat in a pedestrian 1:47.70 and went through as an automatic qualifier.

English finished 5th in heat 3 in 1:45.33. Only the first two finishers qualified automatically and English didn't make it through as one of the two fastest losers, even though his time was the eighth fastest overall.

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