Relay runner Catriona Cuddihy gets last-minute Olympics reprieve
KILKENNY runner Caitriona Cuddihy will be going to the London Olympics after successfully appealing to the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) against her de-selection from the 4x400m relay team.
The OCI's judgment has not yet been officially released, so it is not clear yet what the appeals tribunal's decision means for Ulster athlete Joanna Mills.
Cuddihy was originally named in the six-athlete relay team by Athletics Ireland (AAI), but 19-year-old Mills, who competed at the World Juniors this summer, successfully appealed to AAI that she should have been included, and her inclusion resulted in Cuddihy being dropped.
The Kilkenny City Harrier then took an appeal to the OCI last Thursday night and the hearing, at which both of the athletes and Athletics Ireland were represented by separate legal advisors, took almost five hours.
There is a possibility that both women will be included in the relay squad for London 2012 but that will not become clear until the OCI formally announce their findings today.
Meanwhile, Kilkenny student Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe got a surprise late Olympic call-up yesterday, which doubled Ireland's participation in the modern pentathlon.
Meath's Natalya Coyle (21) had earlier become the first Irish female athlete to qualify for the event in the Olympics.
Lanigan-O'Keeffe got into the Games because a Polish competitor withdrew at the last moment.