Sonia O’Sullivan, who is a native of Co Cork, is one of Ireland’s most successful athletes. She represented Ireland at four Olympic Games, winning an Olympic Silver Medal in 2000. O’Sullivan also won European Gold and World Gold Medals. She was Chef De Mission for the Irish team at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Sonia “Fran” O’Sullivan was born in Cobh, Co Cork on November 28th 1969. She was educated at Cobh Vocational School and began her athletic career with Ballymore Running Club in the town of Cobh. In 1988 O’Sullivan was awarded a scholarship to Villanova University in Philadelphia, USA. She graduated from there with a degree in Accounting in 1992.
Prior to winning her Olympic Medal, Sonia O’Sullivan had a long list of successes to her credit. These included:
•Three World Championship Gold Medals
•Three European Championship Gold Medals
•Four World Records
Sonia O’Sullivan won the Gold Medal in the World Cross Country Championships in Marrakech, Morocco in the year 1998 On This Day.