Irish Pole Vaulter Tori Pena qualifies for Olympics

Updated: March 4, 2012

Pena Makes it 14 Olympic Qualifiers for Irish Athletes

Tori Pena (Finn Valley AC) has achieved the Pole Vault Olympic Qualification standard at the Beach Track and Field Classic at Cerritos college in the USA clearing 4.50m to win the event. Pena then went on to attempt 4.60m, almost clearing it on two of those attempts . Pena commented that: “Lots of things are coming together with my vault I’m very pleased and 60+ should be very doable this outdoor season.”

Irish 400m record holder Joanne Cuddihy (Kilkenny) was also in action at the weekend winning the Melbourne Track Classic with a time of 52.37. Her sister Catriona who is targeting a place on the Irish women’s 4x400m team, finished fourth in Race 1 with a time of 55.83 setting a new personal best.

Ciaran O’Lionaird (Leevale) competed in the Wilson Notre Dame Invitation meet yesterday over 800m, in order to fine tuning his speed in preparation for the World Indoor Championships which take place in Istanbul next weekend. The Cork man finished second in a personal best of 1.48.40. Anthony Lieghio (Tallaght AC) was also in action at that meet winning his race in 1:49.34.


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