Lisa Kearney secures place at Olympics 2012

Updated: April 27, 2012

The Belfast native has become the first woman that will compete for Ireland at Olympic Judo.

Lisa Kearney has managed to maintain her top 14 spot in the Olympic qualifying table after the final ranking event in Serbia. This means the 22 year old has become the first woman that will compete for Ireland at Olympic Judo in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Kearney missed four of the qualifying events leading up to the summer games due to a knee injury and has only recently returned to action. She is currently being trained by two-time Olympian Ciaran Ward and she came fifth in the World Cup event in Sofia earlier this year.

The Irish Judo Association has released the following statement in regards to her success; “The Board of the Irish Judo Association would like to congratulate Lisa Kearney on her achievement of earning an automatic qualifying place at the London 2012 games. Following a long and tough qualification process, Lisa and her coach Ciaran Ward have been duly rewarded with an Olympic place this summer. The Board have been wholly supportive of Lisa’s campaign and are delighted that such a wonderful ambassador for the sport of judo has achieved her Olympic dream,” read the statement.

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