Rio 2016 Olympics: Thomas Barr wins to make 400m hurdles final

Thomas Barr
Thomas Barr produced a scintillating finish to qualify for the men's 400m hurdles final

Ireland's Thomas Barr won his semi-final in a new Irish record time to qualify for the final of the men's 400m hurdles at the Rio Olympics.

The Waterford hurdler smashed his own previous national benchmark, clocking a time of 48.39.

Barr was third coming out of the final bend but produced a stunning finish.

The University of Limerick man is the third fastest qualifier for the final, ensuring a good lane draw for Thursday's final (16:00 BST).

Barr won his semi-final from Haron Koech of Kenya.

Kerron Clement of the United States is the fastest qualifier for the final, having won the first semi-final in 48.26 seconds.

Jamaica's Annsert Whyte won the second semi-final in 48.32 seconds and is the only other qualifier who ran faster than Barr.

Barr is the first Irish man to reach the final of the 400m hurdles since Bob Tisdall won the event at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Ireland's Oliver Dingley has finished in eighth position in the final of the men's 3m springboard diving.