The recent successes for Waterford athletes in Youth, Under-23 and junior events continued Friday with Thomas Barr, the 18 year Ferrybank AC athlete, in record breaking form at the European Junior Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.
The young hurdler won his heat in a 51.29 seconds, not only a personal best but also a new Irish junior record for this most challenging of events.
Barr was in great form and won in style from the Italian Jose Bencosme de Leon (born in the Dominican Republic who moved to Italy in 2004) to win by a clear stride. Barr’s time – 51.29 was the fastest time of the 16 qualifiers for Saturday’s semi-finals. The young Waterford athlete now stands an excellent chance of qualifying for the final.
Ireland’s Joanna Mills (Ballymena & Antrim AC) had done well to reach the final of the women’s 400m metres on Friday afternoon with a new PB yesterday of 53.89. Mills finished in a creditable 5th place in the final in a time of 54.35 seconds, with Kate Kirk, competing for Great Britain & Northern Ireland, just behind Mills in 6th with 54.36.
Mark English (Letterkenny AC) the Irish Senior Indoor Champion over 800m, had a fine run in the morning’s 800m heat comfortably qualifying for the semi-finals with a third place in 1:51.15.
English, who has a best of 1:48.96, hopes to qualify for Sunday’s final and stands a real chance of a place on the podium. The Championships end on Sunday. .
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