Season’s best puts Barr in European reckoning


Thomas Barr produced his best run of the season at the London Diamond League on Saturday. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Thomas Barr produced his best run of the season at the London Diamond League on Saturday. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Thomas Barr launched himself into medal reckoning for the 400m hurdles at next month’s European Championships by producing his best run of the season at the London Diamond League on Saturday.

The 25-year-old clocked 48.99 to come home third behind world champion Karsten Warholm of Norway, who clocked a national record of 47.65, and Olympic bronze medallist Yasmani Copello of Turkey, who finished second in 48.44.

It was Barr’s first time under 49 seconds this year and his quickest run in 13 months, moving him to fifth on the rankings ahead of the European Championships, which begin in two weeks’ time.

Phil Healy was in action in the women’s 100m, but the Bandon sprinter showed signs of fatigue after a busy week when finishing eighth in 11.54.

Healy returned to the track yesterday where she teamed up with sister Joan and recent relay medal-winners Ciara Neville and Gina Akpe-Moses, the quartet finishing seventh in 44.23 in the 4x100m, a race won by Britain in 42.36.

The Irish men’s 4x100m team of David McDonald, Jeremy Phillips, Joseph Ojewumi and Jack Dempsey finished eighth in 40.47, which Britain won in 37.61.

Claire Mooney had a big breakthrough in Heusen, Belgium, clocking 2:01.61 for 800m to secure an A-standard for next month’s Europeans. It moves the 26-year-old to eighth on the Irish all-time list and is the quickest time by an Irishwoman in two years. In Grangemouth, Scotland, the Irish team finished second overall at the SIAB Schools International.

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Irish Independent

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