Michael Manning, the father of Kilkenny Olympian Cliodhna Manning says he’s hoping his daughter gets a run in the mixed relay tomorrow in Tokyo.
Cliodhna is on the team of six, but only four of them run in the event and she’s providing cover in case one of the girls can’t compete.
Their first race is at 12-noon Irish time tomorrow (Friday) and Michael says she’s in good spirits.
“She’s on a panel, six of them travel out, three boys and three girls, two and two will be running, at the moment I don’t actually think she’ll be running and even though she’s been totally part of the team, she has trained with the team and ready and willing to run if required,” said Michael.
“It hasn’t dented her enthusiasm at all not to be running, she’s looking forward to it like us all” he added.
It’s been a hectic year for the Kilkenny woman, she had an operation on her foot in London last year to sort out a stress fracture that had been causing her issues for two years.
The surgery was done just before the lockdown in 2020 and she spent a few months rehabbing before taking part in a competition in May of 2020.
Meanwhile, Carlow’s Sam Watson is in action tomorrow at the Olympics too.
He’s in action in the equestrian dressage from 9.30 am.
Listen back to the interview with Michael Manning below: