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O'SULLIVAN Sonia (IRL)
28/11/69 - Cobh
2:00.69 (94), 2:34.66 (93), 3:58.85 (95), 4:17.25M (94), 5:25.36 2000 (world rec; 94), 8:21.64 (Eur rec; 94), 14:41.40 (95), 31:56 road 10k (96). ht 88 W Jnr 3000, 11th 90 Eur 3000, 1st 91 WSG 1500 (2nd 3000), 7th 92 World CC, 4th 92 Oly 3000 (sf 1500), 2nd 93 World 1500 (4th 3000), 1st 94 Eur 3000, 5th 94 W Cup 1500, 1st 95 World 5000 (in 14:46.47 with 28.8 last 200), dnf 96 Oly 5000 final (ht 1500; suffering from stomach upset). Winner of GP in 92/94 (5000) & 93/95 (3000). Ex-world indoor 5000 record holder (15:17.28 in 91). Led into finishing straight in 92 Olympic 3000 but just missed medal; at 93 World Champs was beaten in 1500 and 3000 only by Chinese athletes. Her 8:28.74 3000 in 93 was fastest in world since 88 but subsequently bettered by Chinese. In 94, after breaking world 2000 record, she set a European 3000 record of 8:21.64 (4:10.9/4:10.8 splits), fastest-ever non-Chinese mark. Ran world’s fastest 3000 time of 96 (8:35.42) & second fastest at 1500 (3:59.91). Lives in London where she often trains with leading Kenyan men. Accountancy degree from Villanova Univ, USA
 

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