Affidea Ambassador Thomas Barr set a new 200 metres personal best at the 67th annual Cork City Sports International Athletics Meeting on July 16.
Featuring the world’s top athletes, leading Irish athletes included Thomas, Phil Healy, Ciara Mageean, Paul Byrne and Sean Tobin, with the men’s 200m one to watch.
It was a difficult task as last year’s 100m and 200m champion, Sean McClean from the USA, was back to defend his titles, up against his fellow Americans Curtis Mitchell and Dedric Dukes, and Canadian Bismark Boateng.
Thomas used the shorter distance to sharpen his speed as he prepares for the European Championships in the 400m hurdles in August.
Another highlight was Phil Healy becoming the first Irishwoman to dip under 23 seconds over 200m, having set a new 100m record last month at the Morton Stadium.
Thomas said; “It’s been so inspiring to be a part of the golden age of athletics in Ireland. It puts pressure on us to deliver, of course, but it’s motivating!”
“Athletics these days just brings utter joy to us all, from the athletes to the home and international crowds, so it’s an incredibly exciting time to be a role model for all the young people out there thinking, ‘that could be me one day.’ What more can you ask for?”
Watch out for Thomas at the Irish Life Health National Championships in Morton Stadium on July 28-29th.
— Affidea Ireland (@AffideaIreland) July 16, 2018
Enjoyed spectating just as much as racing tonight at @CorkCitySports , witnessing @philhealy2 run another national record, and A great view of @marcus_lawler’s 20.40 🤩. Irish sprinting is seriously on the rise!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼 bring on Berlin.
— Thomas Barr (@TomBarr247) July 16, 2018
— Affidea Ireland (@AffideaIreland) July 17, 2018
Mammyyyyy I’m on de teleeee! https://t.co/AlOyRXKuUx
— Thomas Barr (@TomBarr247) July 17, 2018