Kilkenny athlete to appeal decision to drop her from Olympic team

KILKENNY athlete, Catriona Cuddihy is to appeal the shock decision of Athletics Ireland to drop her from the track team going to the Olymics in London. A solicitor has drafted an appeal on behalf of the Kilkenny City Harriers runner and this has been lodged with the Olympic Council of Ireland. Catriona had originally been picked to run alongside her sister Joanne in the 4x400 metre relay and was named on the Olympic team earlier this week.

KILKENNY athlete, Catriona Cuddihy is to appeal the shock decision of Athletics Ireland to drop her from the track team going to the Olymics in London. A solicitor has drafted an appeal on behalf of the Kilkenny City Harriers runner and this has been lodged with the Olympic Council of Ireland. Catriona had originally been picked to run alongside her sister Joanne in the 4x400 metre relay and was named on the Olympic team earlier this week.

However, Joanna Mills from Ballymena, Co Antrim appealed that decision to Athletics Ireland and was successful in overturning it today (Saturday). She has now been named in Ireland’s six-woman squad for the relay event at the Games.

Both Mills and Cuddihy were reserves on the Irish team which competed at last week’s European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, but Mills was then left out of the travelling party for London

Mills’ supporters felt that her personal best of 53.89 over 400m made her a better candidate for inclusion at the expense of Cuddihy, whose fastest time over the distance is 54.59.