Thomas Barr has revealed he was running with an injury during his 400m hurdles semi-final at the European Track and Field Championships but refused to blame the hip problem for his failure to qualify for the final.
The Waterford man finished third in his heat in a time of 49.30 in Zurich.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the race, he said: “It was a hip injury, a labrum tear that I had from last year. It flared up after yesterday, after the track, the heat on the track.
“I suppose that was kind of one worry. I could feel it a little bit tight last night and a little bit this morning but I was feeling quite good going into the race.
“But at the end of the day I just didn’t have it in me. Any other year [with that time] I could have got into a final but that’s how much depth there is in the 400m hurdles now that you have a bad day, you have one little slip-up, you have one little mess-up you can’t afford. It’s cut throat.”
Asked if he got his tactics wrong, Barr replied: “Yeah, my first half of the race was okay. I just didn’t capitalise on the wind. It wasn’t an intelligent race by my own standards.
“Usually, I’d be able to adjust for conditions quite well. Today, I suppose I just didn’t judge it right and that cost me .2 or .3 of a second, whatever it was that could have got me into a final.
“I didn’t hit the last hurdle right, I didn’t hit it with my usual gusto.”