Bob Tisdall

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Michael Conlan’s post-defeat interview was grief in sport at it’s most cruel. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ian O’Riordan -Thomas Barr’s dreams become reality Performances of starry-eyed wonder can come at you from all directions at the Olympics, often when(...)

  Annsert Whyte,  Kerron Clement and  Thomas Barr in the 400m hurdles final. Photograph:   Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty

Irish Olympic 400m hurdler Thomas Barr came close – 0.05 seconds, or about one stride away – to a bronze medal in an event where an Irish athlete las(...)

Ireland’s Thomas Barr comes home in fourth place as USA’s Kerron Clement takes gold in the men’s 400m hurdles at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph: David Davies/PA

There has already been so much cruel or else unusually ecstatic about these Olympics from an Irish sense and in keeping with that mood Thomas Barr has(...)

 Thomas Barr of Ireland competes during the Men’s 400m Hurdles semi-finals earlier this week. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Every athlete aspires towards the perfect race, preferably in an Olympic final, their chance to leave an indelible mark on history. And Thomas Barr i(...)

Thomas Barr of Ireland after reaching the men’s 400m hurdles final on Tuesday night. Photograph: EPA

Our first Olympic sprint event finalist in 84 years, knocking a chunk off his Irish record and winning with what looked like considerable ease, and st(...)

Ireland’s Thomas Barr clears the final hurdle on his way to finishing second in heat four of the  men’s 400m hurdles in Rio. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

You don’t need a medical degree to know that a hip and then a groin injury aren’t ideal preparation for a near flat-out race of 400 metres, which incl(...)

Thomas Barr’s Irish 400m hurdles record of 48.65 seconds, set in June, ranks him 11th fastest of the Beijing entrants. Photogaph: Ramsey Cardy/ Sportsfile

There is no immediate similarity between his hurdling and his drifting. In one, Thomas Barr runs a 400m lap of the track, lined with 10 hurdles, each (...)

Thomas Barr on his way to winning the Davy international Mens 400 Hurdles in a time of 48.95. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

No athletics event sounds more like the perfect recipe for disaster than the 400 metres hurdles. Try lining the track with 10 hurdles, each three-foot(...)

Silver medallist John Treacy leads bronze medal winner Charlie Spedding of Great Britain during the  Marathon event   at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California during the 1984 Olympics.  Photo:  Tony Duffy/Getty

Not long now until the quiet jubilee of the most magnificently spontaneous sporting commentary in Irish athletics history. That is no exaggeration, be(...)

Thomas Barr celebrates his victory in last year’s 400m hurdles at the AAI Senior Track & Field Championships at  Morton Stadium in Santry, Dublin. “It’s now all about refining and perfecting the technique as much as possible.” Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“Nine years, nine months and nine days,” he tells me, off the top of his head – pretty impressive considering Thomas Barr wasn’t even born when Edwin (...)