By Malachy Clerkin
DUBLIN — Sonia O’Sullivan is almost certain to run the New York marathon on Nov. 3 after her excellent performances in the European Track and Field Championships in Munich last week.
Her silver medal performances in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races have convinced her that she is ready to step up to the longer distance and negotiations with the organizers are taking place, with confirmation expected in the nest few weeks.
Disappointed though she was with losing the 5,000 last Saturday, she remained upbeat, saying “It was nice to see the Irish flag hoisted twice in one week. Just a pity they weren’t for gold medals.”
She had the 5000 as good as won coming down the home straight, only to be pipped at the line by Spaniard Marta Dominguez.
The last day of the championships yielded a sixth-place finish for Mark Carroll in the men’s 5000, a commendable performance from a man whose year has been ruined by injuries. Also running last Sunday was the men’s 4-by-400 relay team, which came a creditable fifth in their first-ever major final.