Tori Pena

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Tori Pena
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Pena on 28 April 2012
Personal information
Born (1987-07-30) 30 July 1987 (age 32)
Los Alamitos, California
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Weight57 kg (126 lb)
CountryFlag of Ireland.svg  Ireland
Event(s)Pole Vault
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)4.60 m (2013)

Victoria "Tori" Peña [1] (born 30 July 1987 [2] ) is a pole vaulter with dual American and Irish citizenship who competes for Ireland in IAAF competition. [1] [3]


Early life

Peña was born in Los Alamitos, California. [2] Her father's family are of Mexican extraction, and her maternal grandmother Angela McCoy (née Coyle) was born in Derry. [1] Peña lives in Huntington Beach, where she graduated from Edison High School. [2] [4] In 2003, she competed in Killarney at the World Irish Dancing Championships. [1] She earned a degree in International Development Studies [1] from the University of California, Los Angeles, and competed for the UCLA Bruins, [2] although frequently hampered by injuries. [5] Her Irish grandmother made her eligible for Irish citizenship, [3] and in June 2010 she acquired dual citizenship, declared her intention to compete for Ireland, and registered with Finn Valley Athletic Club in County Donegal. [1]

Irish career

Peña's personal best of 4.35 metres (14 ft 3 12 in) was set shortly before she had acquired Irish citizenship, but was sufficient to qualify for the pole vault at the European Athletics championships in Barcelona. [1] In July 2010 won the Irish national championships at Morton Stadium with an Irish record of 4.15 metres (13 ft 7 12 in), [3] which she equalled in Barcelona. [6] At the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships she set an Irish indoor record of 4.35 metres (14 ft 3 12 in), [7] which she increased to 4.45 metres (14 ft 7 in) in 2012. [8] [9] At the San Diego Triton Invitational on 27 April 2012 she set an outdoor Irish record of 4.52 metres (14 ft 10 in). [10] This qualified her for the 2012 Olympics, in the qualifying round of which she failed at the opening height of 4.10 metres (13 ft 5 12 in). [11]

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