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Dublin: 13°C Monday 21 September 2020

Barr returns and Power continues fine form with 3rd-placed finishes in Slovakia

Dubliner Nadia Power ran a career-second best time just days after breaking the Irish U23s 800m record.

Thomas Barr (L, file pic).
Thomas Barr (L, file pic).
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

IRISH OLYMPIAN THOMAS Barr returned to the competitive track with a solid third-placed finish in the 400m hurdles, clocking 50:30 at the P-T-S Meeting in Samorin, Slovakia on Friday evening.

It has been a year since Barr raced the event — his last 400m hurdles took place at the World Championships in Doha last September — and six months since he raced at all; he began his 2020 season with a personal best in the 400m flat in February only to see his momentum halted by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdown of sport.

The Waterford man will return to action in the ISTAF meet at Berlin’s Olympiastadion on Sunday, the venue at which he won his European bronze medal in 2018.

Nadia Power, who won bronze at the European U23s last year, also finished third in Slovakia on Friday evening, continuing her strong recent form with a 2:02.12 in the 800m — the second fastest time of her career.

The Dubliner clocked that PB just three days ago when she set a new Irish women’s U23 800m record with a time of 2:01.01.

nadia-power-on-her-way-to-winning-the-800m Nadia Power on her way to winning the 800m at last year's Moyne Athletic Club Summer Games. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Women’s 800m

  • 1. Gabriela Gajanová (Slovakia) 2:01.26 SB
  • 2. Sara Kuivisto (Finland) 2:01.60 PB
  • 3. Nadia Power (Ireland) 2:02.12

Men’s 400m Hurdles

  • 1. Rasmus Mägi (Estonia) 49.32
  • 2. Efekeme Okoro (Britain) 50.28
  • 3. Thomas Barr (Ireland) 50.30

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