Thomas Barr declared himself satisfied with his performance after qualifying for the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles at the European Track and Field Championship in Zurich.

The Waterford man won his Tuesday morning heat in a time of 49.79, the eighth fastest overall.

The 22-year-old now goes for a place in the final from lane five in Wednesday evening’s second semi-final (approx 5pm), hopeful he can build on his opening run.

“I got my perfect stride pattern out so I’ll be able to push on with that tomorrow,” Barr, who in June held the fastest European time with a 48.90 run in Geneva, told RTÉ Sport after the race.

“It felt good, it’s a very hard track so it was harsh on landing off the hurdles. Other than that it felt good, smooth and fluid. [There was] one or two hurdles I went a little bit high over, I wasn’t as smooth over but other than that I’m happy with the run.

“For any championship, for any competition really, I’m always going to be a little bit nervous but I kind of went in with a quiet confidence that I was ranked pretty high.

“I think I had the fastest time in my heat so I knew I’d be in the top four for qualification. It was just whether I could secure qualification for a good lane,” added the current Irish senior holder.