Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Thomas Barr being edged out of the 400m at the Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Championships, National Indoor Arena, Dublin. Photos: Inpho.

Last weekend the Irish Life Health All-Ireland Senior Indoor Championships were in Abbotstown and a number of Waterford athletes competed.
First into action on Saturday was Kate Veale West Waterford in the 3000 metres walk defending the title she won the previous two years. Dictating the pace from the start and with a powerful display she went further away from her opponents as the race progressed and eventually won by a distance in a very fast time of 13 minutes 18.39 seconds, a seasonal best. Thomas Barr Ferrybank then ran in his semi final of the 400 metres and he was most impressive in winning it in a time of 48.16 seconds to make Sunday’s final. Others in action on Saturday were Megan Kiely Ferrybank who was third in her 400 metres semi final and also in the 400 metres Denise O’Connor Tramore finished fifth in her semi final and both did not progress, Denise later on finished third in her 200 metres semi final and made it through to Sunday’s final.

Kate Veale (WWAC) after taking gold in the Women’s 3k Walk at the Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Athletics Championships.

Rough final on Sunday
On Sunday hopes were high of another Waterford win by Thomas Barr in a very competitive 400 metres final run over two laps. Running from lane five Thomas was going quite well and approaching the end of the first lap the runners are allowed to break lanes to get a good position. The eventual race winner who was in front at the time had ample room in front to get the inside lane which he did, then Thomas and two other athletes followed practically in line with Thomas sandwiched in the centre and then he was catapulted out of the lanes to the outside of the track losing many metres and he there and then retired. Watching the replay of the race on Sunday evening it would appear Thomas’s incident was most unfortunate.
In the triple jump Grace Furlong Waterford AC had a good competition and won the bronze medal. Other placings on Sunday were Emily O’Mahony Waterford fourth in triple jump, Lisa Houlihan West Waterford fourth in pole vault and Denise O’Connor Tramore again fourth in the 200 metres with Andrew Connick Ferrybank eleventh in the 3000 metres final.

Thomas second in Athlone
Competing in the 400 metres flat at the Athlone Grand Prix last Wednesday evening Thomas Barr ran a fine race coming with his customary late flourish to finish second and beaten by inches by Tony Van Diepen Holland who won in 47.01 seconds, Thomas being timed a 47.05 and Ricardo Dos Santos Portugal was third in 47.42.Thomas is using all these 400 metres flat races building up his speed for later races in the 400 metres hurdles including his big one in the World Championships in late September

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By Fintan Walsh
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