Thomas Barr: “The only thing about Rio is I look back and think it was such a fantastic part of my career.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Times flies in Olympic cycles and in the four years since Thomas Barr finished fourth in Rio a lot of things have changed. One thing that hasn’t is B(...)

Thomas Barr of Ireland after finishing in fourth place with a new Irish record of 47.97 during the Men’s 400m hurdles final in the Olympic Stadium, Maracanã, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images

It may go down as one of the great near misses in our Olympic history but there was no disputing Thomas Barr the honour of Irish athlete of the year f(...)

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(...)

Ireland’s Tomas Barr reacts after crossing the line in the final of the 400m Hurdles final at the Olympic Stadium in Rio. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Holy Edwin Moses! That was bloody close – Thomas Barr coming within a whisker of winning an Olympic medal in the 400 metres hurdles, finishing fourth(...)

Thomas Barr: finished fourth in his semi-final, clocking 48.71 seconds. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

There was always going to be some element of luck needed for both Mark English and Thomas Barr if they were to make a World Championships final in the(...)

Thomas Barr has reached the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

It looked like being close and then Thomas Barr nailed it, sealing his place in the 400 metres hurdles semi-finals on day one of the World Athletics C(...)