Thomas Barr

European Bronze Medallist 2018 | Olympic 400m Hurdler Finalist 2016

Track Star: 26 years old from Dunmore East, Waterford  secured a historic bronze medal at the European Athletics Championships in 2018. He was fourth in Rio Olympic Games 2016, University World Champion 2015 and is multiple Irish Record Holder (Senior, U23 & U20).

Limerick Based: Lives and trains in Limerick with the Harrisons elite group, headed up by coaches Hayley and Drew Harrison.

Adrenaline junky:  He loves outdoor adventure sports from drifting to snowboarding, surfing and wakeboarding

STEM: Has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Sport Science from the University of Limerick

Key Achievements

  • 2018: Secured a historic bronze medal at the European Athletics Championships with at time 48.31.
  • 2017: Won his seventh national title and finished 3rd in the Diamond League in Oslo in 48.95.
  • 2016: Olympic Games 4th in a new Irish Record of 47.97, in a time that would have won him a medal in the previous three Games. Set a new Irish record winning the semi-final in 48.39.
  • 2015: World University Champion & named National Athlete of the Year. Set New Irish 400m hurdles record of 48.65 seconds.
  • 2014 European Senior Athletics Championships Zurich 400m Hurdles Semi-Finalist. Set New Irish Record U23 and Senior Record of 48.90
  • 2013 European U23 Track and Field Championships Italy 400m Hurdles 8th. Set a New IrishU23 record of 49.78.

About Thomas Barr

Thomas is from Dunmore East in Waterford where he attended Killea boys primary school and De la Salle school, Waterford. Barr is the younger brother of Irish Olympic track athlete Jessie Barr (4x400m relay London 2012) they also share a birthdate – July 24. He also has a sister Becky and his parents are Tommy and Martina Barr.

Growing up in the coastal town of Dunmore East, with a mum from ‘The Hook’ and a dad from Passage, Thomas was a typical seaside water-baby and he continues his passion for the water today with wake-jumping and water skiing. He also enjoys snowboarding and the buzz it gives him and that it allows him to switch off from athletics. He also loves working on his modified car and taking it for a spin at the Tannery Drifters Club in Waterford.

From a young age Thomas was interested in the world around him and how things worked preferring to figure things out independently than follow the instructions. Qualified with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Sports Performance both from the University of Limerick (UL).  Since Thomas’s graduation  his training base has remained in UL under the guidance of coaches Hayley and Drew Harrison.

In 2018  he won a famous bronze medal in the 400m Hurdles in a time of 48.31 seconds at the European Championships in Berlin, ending an 84-year wait for an Irish male sprinter to reach the podium in a major championships.  He also won his eighth national 400m Hurdles title setting a new championships best performance of 49.56. Set an Irish best performance for 400m Hurdles (indoors).

2017 was a tough year for Thomas when he had to withdraw from the World Athletics Championships in London due to illness which affected 30 athletes competing at the championships.

He shoot to fame in 2016 when he finished fourth at the Rio Olympic Games  in another smashing national record of 47.97 seconds, a time which would have secured him a medal at the previous three Games.

In  2019 he will compete in the World (IAAF) Athletics Championships with the long-term goal of the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.