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Irish runner Sonia O'Sullivan: I'll never beat drug cheats

By Ralph Riegel

The most honoured star in the history of the Republic's athletics admits there is "probably no chance" of being awarded medals from 1990s championships when she was beaten by drug cheats.

Sonia O'Sullivan (45) was speaking as she admitted she was "overwhelmed" by her home town of Cobh, Co Cork, unveiling a life-size bronze statue in her honour.

The former Olympic, World and European Championship medal winner admitted she won't add any more medals to her glittering total, despite the recent revelations about drugs cheats.

Asked if she thought there was any chance of her being retrospectively awarded a medal, Sonia admitted it was unlikely.

"Probably not, no," she said.

Athletics commentators see O'Sullivan as one of the main victims of drug cheats in the 1990s.

She finished fourth in the 3,000m at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics - Tetyana Dorovskikh, who claimed silver, was convicted of a doping violation in 1993.

At the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Sonia was again forced out of the medals by three Chinese runners who, appearing on the athletics scene from nowhere, smashed existing records by astounding margins.

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