Published Tuesday, 17 July 2012
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Despite the fact the 19-year-old from Ballyclare has a faster personal best time, Catriona Cuddy was originally selected to go to London as part of the 4 x 400 metres Irish relay team.
Mills ran a season's best of 54.17 when qualifying for the World Junior semi-finals in Barcelona last week and even the 54.52, which the Queen's University dental student ran the following day when failing to qualify for the final, is faster than the Kilkenny runner's PB.
But it was events before the world juniors in Spain that provided the main source of controversy as Cuddihy was selected in the Irish team for London 2012 ahead of Mills.
As it stands neither woman knows whether a dream will turn into a nightmare, as the authorities ponder their options after first naming Mills in the team on appeal and then stalling after receiving a counter-appeal lodged by Cuddihy.
To be told you're going to an Olympics and then to have that taken away from you, which happened to her, is obviously going to absolutely gutting.
The governing body met on Monday to consider the way forward but the waiting game continues for both women as a final decision isn't expected until later in the week.
Mills is adopting a philosophical approach to the whole saga and is totally empathetic with what Cuddihy is going through after getting to know her when up close and personal in Helsinki a fortnight ago.
"I had raced her once before then but I was able to meet her properly (at the European Championships) in Helsinki and it wasn't awkward at all. It was absolutely fine and we got on well," Joanna told UTV.
"Neither of us was aware of the situation that was going to unfold but I suppose I expected Catriona to appeal when the one I made was successful.
"So she's going to be fighting for her place which most athletes would do and it didn't surprise me at all that there was a counter-appeal.
"When I found out that my appeal had been successful, I didn't really know what to think. People were saying to me: 'Are you going [to the Olympics] or not.'
"I was told not to say anything to anyone but everyone seemed to know whereas I didn't really know myself."