University of Limerick Olympian secures Wold Championship qualification

UL student Thomas Barr announced himself to the world during the 2016 Rio Olympics when he narrowly missed out on a medal in the 400m hurdles. Last weekend Barr ran what he called a ‘cobweb shaker’ in Geneva. In Oslo yesterday he was back close to his best.

Barr ran his race in a time of 48.95, which is nearly a full second of his personal best of 47.97. However, it was still his season best so far

Running in a field that included Olympic champion Kerron Clement, Olympic bronze medalist Yasmani Copello and 2011 World Championship bronze medalist LJ van Zyl, Barr would finish a highly respectable third place and thus guarantee his qualification for the World Championship place in August.

The race was won by home favourite, 21-year-old Karsten Warholm won the race in a Norwegian national record of 48.25.

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Jack Neville