Derval O’Rourke – One of Ireland’s top hopes from Olympic glory this summer.

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Derval O’Rourke – One of Ireland’s top hopes from Olympic glory this summer.

Derval O’Rourke is one of Ireland’s top athletes competing in both the 60 and 100 metre hurdles. She is the Irish national record holder in both these events.

The Wikipedia entry for Derval states that:

“Born in Cork, O'Rourke attended University College, Dublin (UCD) where she held a sports scholarship between 2000 and 2004. She graduated with a BA (Hons) degree from the college in 2003 and a Diploma in Business Studies from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business in 2005.”

A recent article in discusses the hurdler, saying:

“Derval O’Rourke is keen to take it just one step at a time in the lead up to London 2012.

The Cork hurdler admits that the Olympics are an obvious ‘pinnacle’ of her sport.

However, she is currently most focused on the next big meeting in Istanbul in early March.

Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast O’Rourke was audibly, frustrated by the sheer mention of the London games, saying ‘yes’ through slightly gritted teeth when the topic arose.

“We’ve a lot going on. I mean in three weeks I’ve got the World Indoor Championships. Even in the supermarket, people go; ‘how are ya feeling for the Olympics?’ and I’m going; ‘well, I’ve got world indoors - I’m feeling pretty alright for them.”

“We have championships all the time,” O’Rourke added, “last year we had European indoors and world outdoors so every year we have really big meets. But, obviously, the Olympics are the pinnacle and it’s understandable that people tune in then and start to get excited. That’s the one you wanna nail.””

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