Sunday 21 January 2018

London 2012 Olympics: London calling for women's relay team

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

IRELAND will have a relay team in the London Olympics after confirmation yesterday that the women's 4x400m squad has made it, despite getting disqualified at last week's European Championships.

Ireland went to Helsinki ranked 12th on their aggregate time from two races in the last two years (6:58.09).

But with only the world's top 16 qualifying, and May 2 the deadline, there were fears they might be overtaken by other results from the Europeans and also last weekend's African Championships.

But they have held on to 13th place, one behind Italy and ahead of Brazil, Poland and Turkey.

Athletics Ireland have confirmed that their squad will include Kilkenny City Harriers sisters Joanne and Catriona Cuddihy, Ferrybank's Euro 400m hurdle finalist Jessie Barr, Claire Bergin (DSD), Michelle Carey (Dublin Striders) and Marian Heffernan (Togher).

Elsewhere, America's loss has been Ireland's gain as USA 400m superstar Jeremy Wariner is going to run in the Cork City Sports at CIT on July 17.

Wariner's 43.45 is the third fastest 400m of all time and he is a multiple Olympic and World gold medallist so there was a huge shock when he only finished sixth at the recent US trials.

That means he won't compete individually in London, although he was named on the US 4x400m relay team yesterday, and his appearance in Cork should prove to be a huge draw.

One of the other big talking points of the US trials was the dead-heat for their third 100m place, between Jeneba Tarmoh (22) and her famous training partner and 200m specialist Allyson Felix.

It was finally agreed to decide the Olympic spot by a 'run-off' between the two but Tarmoh informed the US association yesterday by email that she was 'declining' her place to Felix, who will now run the 100m and 200m in London.

Irish Independent

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