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Sonia O’Sullivan runs against Olympic Champion Mizuki Noguchi at real,- BERLIN MARATHON

2005-08-05

Sonia O’Sullivan
© Victah Sailer

Sonia O’Sullivan will run the real,- BERLIN MARATHON on September 25th. Race Director Mark Milde announced this second spectacular signing for the women’s race today. The Irish world-class runner wants to improve her current marathon best of 2:29:01 on Berlin’s fast course. Among others she will compete against the favourite Olympic Champion Mizuki Noguchi (Japan). A record number of 40,000 runners have entered this year’s race.

Sonia O’Sullivan ran her marathon best of 2:29:01 in April this year at the London Marathon which she finished eighth. But this result doesn’t reflect her actual potential. The 35 year-old mother of two daughters ran a world class time at the Great North Half Marathon in Newcastle (England) in 2002 (67:19 minutes).

Back in the 90ies Sonia O’Sullivan was one of the best long distance track runners in the world. Her basic speed (the speed at short distances) is much better than that of Mizuki Noguchi. In 1995 Sonia O’Sullivan was the World Champion at 5,000 m. Three years later, at the European Championships, she ran to a double triumph in the 5,000 and 10,000 m. In that same year, she had won both races at the World Cross Country Championships (short and long distance). At present Sonia O’Sullivan properly prepares for her race against Mizuki Noguchi in the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON.

 


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