Track & Field

Barr and Everard Secure Final Spots at World University Games

It was good news for the Irish in action today(Thursday) at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea as both Thomas Barr and Ciara Everard made it through their second-round races to reach the 400m hurdles and 800m finals respectively. Both finals takes place tomorrow (Friday) and will be conveniently one after the other with Barr on track at 11am and Everard up at 11:10am (Irish Time). Perfect timing for your tea break.

Barr secured a spot in Friday’s final after a confident run, and another sub-50 second clocking, when winning his semi-final in 49.75 seconds. His winning time was the quickest of the qualifiers which will leave him with a favourable lane, as well as marking him as the top medal contender. Barr breezed through his first round heat yesterday (Wednesday), winning in a time of 49.96 seconds.

Ciara Everard was made to work hard for her place in tomorrow’s final finishing fifth in her semi-final with only the top-three gaining automatic spots. But her time of 2:02:10, her second fastest ever, proved good enough to secure a lane in the final as one of the fastest losers.

Watch both races below.

Results from the Games can be found here.



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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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