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Barr aims to make European Championship finals this morning

Waterford’s Thomas Barr will be hoping to make it through to the finals of the 400m men’s hurdles at the European Athletics Championships in Munich, Germany this morning.

He runs in the first of the three semi-finals at 10.25am Irish time.

The first two from each semi-final, as well as the two fastest losers, will progress to the final.

Barr’s time of 49.49s was the fourth fastest of the four morning heats yesterday.

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France’s Victor Coroller was fastest of today’s qualifiers in a time of 49.35s.

“It was a lot faster than I thought it was going to have to be to get through. That’s not a bad thing, because what I wanted to do was get out real relaxed, real easy in the first half and then judge it from there. I got past the Dutch guy on my inside, Ramsey Angela, by hurdle five or six easily enough so I thought I could ease off the gas a little, but he started to come back at me on the home straight. So, I had to work a little bit harder down the home straight than I would have liked, but I got the job done, first place, and hopefully a good lane for tomorrow.”

The 30-year-old, who won a Bronze at this level in 2018 - goes out in semi-final one from 10.25

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