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The entire country is now in love with Thomas Barr and his whole family

Best fourth placer ever!

Tomas Barr after finishing fourth Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

EVER SINCE THOMAS Barr entered our hearts, winning his 400m semi-final in Rio on Tuesday, he’s been gaining huge swathes of our affections, bit by bit.

First, there was that literal winning smile:

barr Source: RTE, Team Ireland Facebook

Then there was the cheeky Twitter bio:

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The lovely Instagram posts:

And the fever pitch as his 400m Olympic final approached:

Offices (including our own) ground to a halt and Waterford screamed him on as he missed out on a bronze medal by half a second:

In the end, it wasn’t to be, but has there ever been a greater fourth placer? Ever?

Barr’s mam and dad have been charming people over in Rio, while his sister Jessie was in tears in an RTÉ studio today, watching her little brother race in an Olympic final:

Look at him there, casually leaning:

Oh, and there’s just the little matter of everyone fancying him, his tan, and his celebratory teeth:

Thomas Barr for president!

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