Waterford’s Thomas Barr in action at the World Championships in London on Sunday morning next, hopefully for starters. Photo: Inpho.
The big athletics event of the year this year begins this Friday in London. It’s the World Track and Field Championships and there will be a Waterford interest with Olympian Thomas Barr of Ferrybank AC competing in the 400 metres hurdles. This will be his second appearance at these Championships. In 2015 in Beijing he reached the semi final and will be aiming to go one better in London next week. His participation begins on Sunday next at 11.05 am in the heats of his event and his preparation is practically a carbon copy of last year for the Olympics. He has had very few races due to a hamstring problem this time round but in the National Championships on Sunday week last when he was back in action after a five weeks break he seemed in good shape as in winning his seventh title in a row he ran 49.79 with ease and without a serious challenge. Having said that however he will have to be capable of running much faster even in his heat if he hopes to progress-his best time of 47.97 set in the Olympic final last year is well up with the best whom he will meet in London. If progressing to the semi final this race will be on Monday at 8.20 pm with probably the first two only sure to go through and the final is timed for Wednesday at 9.30pm. Let’s hope we see the very best Thomas Barr in action and if so he can make a bold bid to progress. Ireland send 12 athletes to the championships and a few others can be prominent such as Brian Gregan 400 metres, Mark English 800 metres and the race walkers Robert Heffernan, Alex Wright and Brendan Boyce.
Quinlan wins Faithlegg 5 Miles
100 competed in the third Annual Faithlegg Golf Course five miles run last Wednesday evening in ideal conditions and the easy winner was Frank Quinlan Waterford AC in 27 minutes 46 seconds, Patrick Roche Carrick n Suir was second in 28.32 and Louis O’Carroll Ferrybank was third in 28.54. First lady home was Sharon Kiely Thurles in 30.58, Kate Veale West Waterford was second in 31.46 and Suzanne Dullaghan Waterford was third in 34.32 The category winners were Female F35 Joan Mahony Waterford, F40 Benvon Lyons,F45 Clare Fowler Saturday Road Runners..Male M40 Trevor Doonan, M45 David Gunnip Waterford AC, M50 Dermot Power Saturday Road Runners.
Director of Golf at Faithlegg Golf Club, Karl Cullen pictured with the first three home in the Women’s Faithlegg Golf Club 5 Mile Charity Run, Sharon Kiely, Gowran AC, 1st, Kate Veale, West Waterford AC, 2nd and Suzanne Dullaghan, Waterford AC, 3rd. Photo: Noel Browne.