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Published: 15:53 | 18/8/16

Barr takes fourth in 400m final

Waterford athlete posts new Irish record

Thomas Barr narrowly missed on an Olympoic medal as he finished fourth in the final of the men's 400 metres final.

Running from lane 4, Barr looked to be some way off the pace entering the home straight but the Waterford athlete stormed home and got agonisingly close to beating Yasmani Copello to the bronze medal.

Barr had set a new Irish record in his semi-final but he broke his own mark as he came home in 47.97, missing out on bronze by just five hundredths of a second.

American Kerron Clement took the gold medal in 47.73 with Boniface Tumuti securing silver in 47.78.

“It’s bittersweet. I’m absolutely delighted of course to have made it to the final and I’m delighted to see a 47 up on that clock, which I didn’t expect," Barr told RTE Sport.

“I expected to maybe have to get a 47 to have to get a medal but I didn’t know if I had it in me, I didn’t think I had it in me.

“When I was coming over hurdle 10 and I was gaining ground on them, I’d say if I had 405 metres, you’d never know what could have happened - but unfortunately it’s a 400m hurdles race.

“After two runs in the legs already I was coming out here a little bit with dead legs already so I’m delighted with how the race went.”

He went on: "There were one or two little sports where I could have found that .05 of a second that I missed out on a medal.

“Maybe it was a step too far this time around, my first international senior final. Fourth is probably the best and worst place to come, you know.

"I never thought I’d see a 0:47 come up on the clock, especially this year. How many people have run 0:47 in the world? Probably the three or four us in that final."

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