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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 October, 2003, 13:24 GMT 14:24 UK
O'Sullivan wins Great South Run
Sonia O'Sullivan won a silver medal in the Sydney Olympics
Sonia O'Sullivan also won last year's Portsmouth event

Ireland's Sonia O'Sullivan claimed a comfortable win in Sunday's Bupa Great South Run in Portsmouth although strong winds ruined any prospects of a new world 10-mile road race record.

In last year's event O'Sullivan set a world best performance of 51 minutes, only to see it bettered by six seconds a fortnight later by Kenya's Lornah Kiplagat.

O'Sullivan was hoping to regain the mark but the opportunity was never on as the wind battered runners but O'Sullivan still achieved a notable victory in 53 minutes 26 seconds.

Behind O'Sullivan, teenager Charlotte Dale ran a marvellous time of 54:28 while Natalie Harvey from Australia was third in 55:43.

The men's race was won by John Yuda - Tanzania's Commonwealth 10,000m bronze-medallist crossing the line in 46:35.

Behind Yuda, Julius Kibet finished in 41:21, easily holding off the challenge of fellow Kenyan and defending champion Simon Kasamili, who finished in 48:16.




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