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We'll Leave It There So: Barr's bittersweet day, bad news for McGeady and today's sport

Elsewhere, the boxing controversy in Rio took another turn and John Muldoon is staying on as Connacht captain.

Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO


  • Thomas Barr ran a personal best and national record in breaking the 48-second barrier for the first time but it still wasn’t good enough for a medal in the final of the mens’ 400m hurdles.
  • The boxing controversy in Rio shows no signs of abating after the International Boxing Association confirmed the organisation’s current executive director has been ‘reassigned’.
  • Michael Conlan has suggested that former judge Seamus Kelly’s revelations to the Guardian could have been partially responsible for the dubious outcome of his fight.
  • Britain’s Brownlee brothers Alistair and Jonathan have won gold and silver in the men’s triathlon. Ireland’s Bryan Keane finished in 40th position, more than seven minutes behind the winner.
  • Sports Minister Shane Ross has arrived back in Dublin following his two meetings with OCI president Pat Hickey, who has temporarily stepped down from his role after being charged over the ticket touting scandal.
  • Two of the three judges who were involved in the controversial decision against Michael Conlan were still officiating in Rio yesterday.
  • The story that keeps on giving — a Brazilian police official has said that American swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro. The incident in the wee hours of Sunday morning reportedly centred around a broken toilet door at a petrol station.


Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO


  • Two police officers in England have been put under investigation as part of a criminal probe into the death of Dalian Atkinson after he was tasered by police.
  • Chelsea look set to smash their transfer record with a £60m (€70m) bid for 25-year-old Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
  • Former Manchester United winger Nani has claimed that signing a new contract with the club in September 2013 ended up being the worst moment in his life.

Best Thing We Shared

Thomas Barr commanded national attention today so it’s no surprise to see there was such a charged atmosphere in his native Waterford this afternoon, as captured by RTÉ.

 On The Record

I’m delighted to have got to a final and I’m also delighted to have seen a 47.00 up on that clock, which I didn’t expect. I didn’t know I had it in me. I didn’t think I had it in me.

An honest and measured Thomas Barr opens up to the media after finishing fourth in the final of the men’s 400m hurdles in Rio this afternoon.

The Fixture List

  • Team Ireland have a number of athletes in action at the Olympics tomorrow, including: Rob Heffernan, Alex Wright and and Brendan Boyce in the men’s 50km walk (12pm), Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow in the third round of the women’s golf (from 11.30am), and Natalya Coyle’s modern pentathlon comes to a conclusion.
  • Friday nights won’t be the same again for fans of the Premier League. Tonight you can celebrate the end of the working week by watching Manchester United take on Southampton at Old Trafford from 8pm.
  • Much closer to home, Galway United are hosting Bray Wanderers in the SSE Airtricity League from 7.45pm.

Showbiz, Baby!

Skibbereen Rowing Club, where Olympic silver medallists Gary and Paul O’Donovan learnt the ropes of of the sport, are cashing in on the new-found fame of their star pupils. This could turn into quite a series of T-shirts. They haven’t even mentioned steak and spuds yet.


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