The 26 year-old is the first Irishman to win a medal in any sprint event at the European championships.
Thomas Barr created history by winning a brilliant bronze medal in the 400m hurdles in 48.31 seconds at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin on Thursday (August 9).
Barr became the first Irish male sprinter to win an outdoor European medal in the 84 year history of the event.
It was a truly world class race with favourite Karsten Warholm of Norway setting a national record of 47.64 as did Turkey’s Yasmani Copello who ran 47.81.
“It was really reminiscent of Rio with all the Irish flags and fans out there. It all came together and I was raring to go from the afternoon to get out there,” said Barr afterwards.
“I really wanted that hardware to join Ciara (Mageean) and Mark (English) with medals along with the greats like Sonia (O’Sullivan) and Derval (O’Rourke). I’m just so happy it came together and I’m really thankful to all my team.”
"Earlier in the day I felt nervous but as time went on I felt more relaxed" – @TomBarr247 reflects on becoming the first Irishman in the 84-year history of the European Athletics Championships to win a medal in a sprint event #rtesport pic.twitter.com/zgaq3BLpmb
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) August 9, 2018
It made Thomas Barr the tenth Irish athlete to win a medal at the European Championships.
Leon Reid was a little disappointed with seventh in the 200m final with 20.37 but, like the 400m hurdles final, it was arguably the highest quality in the history of the championship.
It was won by Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev in a championship record of 19.76.
“Disappointing with the result because we always come here to win or be on the mix,” said Reid afterwards. “I hit that bend hard but they must have just piggy backed on me because they came around on me.
“If I want to be up there with those guys I need to be able to hit that straight coming off the bend.
“It’s something I’m going to have to work on. It’s not a bad debut finishing 7th in a European final. I want to push on now. It was great to have friends and family over and finally run for Ireland.”
Friday will be a busy morning of action for Irish athletes with Phil Healy in the heats of the 200m at 10:25, Ciara Mageean in the heats of the 1500m, while Kerry O’Flaherty and Michelle Finn are in the heats of the 3000m steeplechase at 11:25.
There is also relay action with the heats of the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays at 12:05 and 12:40. Thomas Barr has a quick turnaround competing in the 4x400m relay.