Track & Field

Meet The Team: Waterford Star, Thomas Barr

Athlete: Thomas Barr
Age: 23
Event: 400m Hurdles
Personal Best: 48.65

Event schedule:

Saturday 22nd: Heats, Irish time: 11:35am/local time:18:35,
Sunday 23rd: Semi-final, Irish time: 11:40am/local time: 18:40
Tuesday 25th: Final, Irish time: 13:25/local time 20:25

Thomas Barr goes into the World Championships ranked 11th in the world for 2015 with his National Record of 48.65 set at the Rome Diamond League earlier this summer. The 2015 season has been Barr’s best to date with 10 sub-50 second clockings, three of those being sub-49. Barr competed at three diamond league events and highlighted his summer so far by taking the title at the World University Games (video below) in July, with his second fastest time ever, 48.78 seconds.

World University Games Final

Rome Diamond League – Barr’s National Record

John Treacy en route to victory in the 1979 World Cross Country. Photo courtesy of: Athletics Ireland
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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, physical therapist, and MSc student. He is current national 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the sprint hurdles events. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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