Tori Peña of Finn Valley, the only Irish pole vaulter to ever qualify for the Olympic Games, was unable to progress to the women’s Olympic pole vault final on Tuesday after finishing 14th in Group B with a best of 4.30m.
California-born Peña would have needed to clear her personal best of 4.60m, or finish in the top twelve places in qualifying, to progress to the Olympic final.
She had a first time clearance at 4.15m before advancing to 4.30m which was cleared on her second attempt. Unfortunately Tori had three failures at 4.45m. Peña finished in 27th position overall – the lowest qualifying vaulter cleared 4.55m, failing to reach the qualifying target of 4.60m.
The Finn Valley athlete has had an improved season on the international stage – she was close to qualifying for the European Championships final in Amsterdam in July, and her Rio performance has consolidated her progression. This was Peña’s second Olympics having competed in London 2012.