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Joanne Cuddihy: 'I think our team should be proud and Ireland should be proud'

She was speaking after 4x400m Relay this evening.

Ireland's Michelle Carey running in the 4x400m heat.
Ireland's Michelle Carey running in the 4x400m heat.

JOANNE CUDDIHY COMMENDED the efforts of the Irish team after they finished sixth in their Olympics 4x400m Relay heat this evening.

Speaking to TheScore.ie, she said:

“Overall, I think our team should be proud and Ireland should be proud of what we did there.

“We had to be in the top 16 in the world just to get a lane in that, and for the size of Ireland, for a team event, where you need a depth of talent – to be in the event was a fantastic achievement.

“And we were in the mix, we came sixth, but to get in the top eight, we’re talking about running the kind of times that win European medals.”

Cuddihy also revealed that the team were hoping to benefit from the kind of surprise upsets that occurred in the men’s 4x400m heats.

“[Looking at] the men’s 4×400 heats yesterday, all sorts of things happened and we made sure we got our best performance out. But America could have 20 teams of that kind of quality.”

Michelle Carey also said she was satisfied with the performance, explaining:

“It was a season’s best. Obviously we were hoping to be in a position to challenge the national record, but I don’t think today was the day to do it. We’re pleased enough with that performance today.”

Finally, Jessie Barr paid tribute to Clare Bergin, who narrowly missed out on a place on the team.

“It was only last week that I found out I’d be running for definite – I owe a lot to her, she’s the one who got the team here for definite.”

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