Big Blow for Ireland as Thomas Barr out of World Championships due to ilness

Thomas Barr has been forced to pull out of the World Athletics Championships due to gastroenteritis.

The UL graduate was due to run in tonight’s 400 metres hurdles semi-finals at the London Stadium, but the 2016 Olympic finalist has withdrawn after contracting the vomiting bug.

The Waterford man said:

“I’m gutted to have to withdraw from today’s semi final. I wasn’t feeling great yesterday evening and later in the night I was hit with a bad bout of gastroenteritis.

“My whole year has been focused on the World Championships. The support yesterday was just brilliant and to not be able to go out and compete today for Ireland is beyond disappointing.”

There will now be no Irish athletes in action on Day 4 of the Championships.


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Luke Liddy