Kilkenny city athlete, Catriona Cuddihy has, sensationally, won her appeal against the decision to replace her on the six-women Irish 4x400m Olympic relay squad for London writes Sean Keane. She will join her sister Joanne on the starting blocks for the event following the stunning reversal of fortunes last night.
There was a stream of well wishers to the Cuddihy house in Kilkenny city as word came through that she had managed to overturn the decision of Athletics Ireland (AI) to drop her from the team after an appeal to that body by Northern Ireland athlete, Joanna Mills. She had originally been selected before Ms Mills challenged the decision.
Caitriona’s appeal lasted four and a half hours on Thursday and her solicitor, Michael Lanigan, who spoke for almost two hours, reminded the three court appeal panel that it was a team event and not an individual one. All pererations for her trip to London were in place but put on hold until the decision.