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Posted: 28 August 2007

Cuddihy smashes Irish record at World Athletics Championships

With a finishing time of 50.73 seconds in the 400 metres semi-final, at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan, on 27 August 2007, Joanne Cuddihy smashed the 51.07 national Irish record held by Karen Shinkins for the past eight years.

Although this was the first time that UCD medical student has broken the 51 second barrier, it will not see her through to the 400m final. Cuddihy was placed eleventh overall, with the winning time set by Jamaica's Novlene Williams at 49.66, slightly ahead of Mexico's Ana Guevara.

“UCD is delighted to be part of Joanne’s athletic progress. She came to UCD as an athlete with huge potential and we are thrilled that her hard work with her coach Paddy Faye and Lisa Regan, Director of the UCD Enfer High Performance Centre, has paid such rich dividends,” said Brian Mullins, Director of UCD Sport. “We look forward to next years Olympics with high hopes.”

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