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London 2012: Introducing... Caitriona Jennings

Letterkenny’s Caitriona Jennings is one of Ireland’s three representatives in the Olympic marathon.

Event: Marathon

Who is she? A native of Letterkenny, Co Donegal, Catriona Jennings is a relative newcomer to marathon running. The 31-year-old won the 2010 Dublin Mini-Marathon but has only run twice over the full distance, once in Dublin last year and then in Rotterdam where she hit the “A” standard qualifying time.

Before turning her hand to the 26-mile test, Jennings was a promising triathlete and represented Ireland at youth level. She works as a tax advisor with Price Waterhouse Cooper and has been training with Rathfarnham AC since her move to the capital.

Road to London: Jennings was the fourth woman to hit the “A” standard time when she ran a lifetime best 2:36:14 in Rotterdam in April. With Ireland only able to send three athletes to London, she faced an anxious wait before selectors confirmed her place on the plane to London.

What she says about herself: “I ran Dublin for the experience and I learned so much from it. I had my sights set on it from a while back – I didn’t want to run a marathon until I knew I could do a fast one.” (Donegal News, May 2012)

What they’re saying about her on the internet: “Finally injury free and she would have gone slightly faster in Rotterdam except for an unfortunate incident about 4 miles from home… She can and will go alot quicker and TBH it wouldn’t surprise me if she’s 1st of the Irish contingent home in London” (Liamo123,

Medal chances: Based on the 2008 podium times, Jennings would need to run nine minutes faster than in she did in Rotterdam if she’s to medal. In only her third marathon, such a rapid improvement looks unlikely. One Jimmy…

If you meet her in a bar, ask her… to tell you a little bit about her sister Sinead, a former Irish international rower who switched disciplines and had hoped to qualify for London as a cyclist. Multi-talented.

On the Twitter: Unfortunately Caitriona’s not on Twitter. Not that we can see anyway.

If she was a YouTube video, she’d be… this montage of Tom Cruise running. Although the real question here is how does this have more than 160,000 views on YouTube?

YouTube Credit: lifeofmatt

Read more of TheScore’s “London 2012: Introducing” series here >

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