KILKENNY woman, Joanne Cuddihy will compete in the Olympic 400 metres in London writes Sean Keane.
In clocking 51.45 seconds to win in wet conditions at the Shizuoka International Track and Field meeting in Japan, the Kilkenny athlete beat the Olympic “A” standard of 51.55 by one-tenth of a second.
It’s a welcome early birthday present for Cuddihy, who turns 28 next week. Cuddihy holds the national record of 50.73 seconds set at the 2007 World Athletics Championships in Osaka, but missed large chunks of the current Olympic cycle through injury. An athlete with Kilkenny City Harriers and UCD, Cuddihy has Sunday’s Golden Grand Prix in Kawasaki next in the diary.
It will be Cuddihy’s second Olympics following Beijing, having competed at the last two Europeans in Gothenburg in 2006 and Barcelona two years ago, having competed in the two recent Far-East-based Worlds in Daegu and Osaka.