The end of Joanne’s Olympic dream

There was major disappointment for Joanne Cuddihy in the Olympic Games 400m heats on Friday. Going out too fast over the first 300m she paid the price of not securing automatic qualification for the semi-finals as her legs refused to maintain the pace over the final 100m.

There was major disappointment for Joanne Cuddihy in the Olympic Games 400m heats on Friday. Going out too fast over the first 300m she paid the price of not securing automatic qualification for the semi-finals as her legs refused to maintain the pace over the final 100m.

Finishing fourth in 52.09 she assumed that was the end. However, rain intervened, bringing slower times for the remaining heats, and renewed hope for Joanne. As a consequence she qualified for the semis as the fastest loser.

Running in a much more controlled manner in the semi-final on Saturday she was competitive right to the finish line. Finishing fifth in 51.88, somewhat outside her season’s best of 51.45, brought an end to her Olympic dream.

Joanne will be involved again on Friday with the Irish 4x400m relay team. The team qualified for London in 12th place and so is very unlikely to reach the final. The main hope will be to improve on the national record which they set in the world championships last year.

Celtic Games

The Celtic games is an annual 1-day Youth International event where athletes at under-16 and under-18 level from Ireland, Scotland and Wales compete in a range of athletic events.

The 2012 Celtic Games will be held in Aberdeen on Saturday. Two athletes from Kilkenny have been selected for the Ireland under-18 team.

Each country nominates one athlete per event.

Cliodhna Manning, Kilkenny City Harriers will compete in 400m and 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Shannen Dawkins, St Joseph’s, will compete in the high jump and 100m hurdles.

National combined events

Catriona Twomey, KCH, turned in an excellent performance at the weekend to finish fifth in a competitive under-18 Combined Events national final in Tullamore at the weekend. Catriona’s points total of 3,559 was up 271 points on her Leinster result.

This improvement was achieved primarily through PB’s in the shot (10.47) and 110m hurdles (16.77).

In the national juvenile Development Championships, formerly the ‘B’ championships, Michael Mulhall won gold in the under-16 boys shot putt with a throw of 11.93m

Harriers in League final

The Kilkenny City Harriers men’s team travels to Tullamore on Sunday for the final of the inter-club National League. The team qualified in fifth place following earlier rounds in June and July.

The team has performed well so far and with Eoin Everard available for Sunday’s final team manager, John Maye, is hopeful that the team will improve in the rankings. They will have strong opposition form Donore Harriers, Bandon AC, Sligo and St Laurence O’Toole.

Fixtures

The date for the county men’s 10 mile and women’s 5 miles road championships has been changed to September 2 with an 11am start in Gowran.

August 18 - national Masters track and field.

September 30 - St Senan’s AC Open cross-country.