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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 July, 2004, 15:26 GMT 16:26 UK
Double blow for O'Sullivan
Irish athlete Sonia O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan put on a brave face despite her defeats in Dublin
Sonia O'Sullivan's Olympic preparations suffered more setbacks when she was beaten in both the 800m and 1500m at the Irish Championships.

O'Sullivan was well adrift in third at both events with Aoife Byrne claiming the 800m title and Freda Daveron winning the metric mile.

Despite the relatively slow pace in both races, O'Sullivan was unable to respond when the tempo was increased.

O'Sullivan's time of 4:28.09 was over seven seconds slower than Daveron's.

Byrne and Lisburn athlete Kelly McNeice finished ahead of O'Sullivan in the 800m while Roisin McGettigan was second in the 1500m final.

Fast times weren't the order of the day in the gusting conditions but O'Sullivan's performances were still hugely disappointing although the athlete remained upbeat after both races.

"I was quite pleased with how I ran," said the Olympic silver medallist after the 800m.

Paul Brizzel claimed a morale boosting 100m win by edging out Ger O'Donoghue.

Paul Brizzel
Paul Brizzel edged out Ger O'Donoghue in the 100m final

Brizzel clocked 10.56 which earned him the photo-finish verdict over fast-starting O'Donoghue (10.58).

Olympics-bound Brizzel was beaten by Paul Hession in the 200m on Saturday.

Another good Northern Ireland performance saw Vicki Jamison earning bronze in the 400 behind Karen Shinkins and Joanne Cuddihy.

Gareth Turnbull (14:21.44) had to settle for third place in the 5000m behind his winter training partner Mark Carroll (13:51.67) and Mark Kenneally (14:11.07).

Carroll then tried his luck in the 1500m but he had to settle for third (3:45.53) behind Athens-bound Alistair Cragg (3:44.37) and Colin Costello (3:45.34).

Tomas Coman produced the performance of the day to win the 400m title with a superb time in the conditions of 45.91.

Coman, coming back after injury, just edged out Rob Daly who clocked a personal best of 45.95 while David Gillick was timed at a personal best of 46.37 in taking third place.

James Nolan showed a return to winning form by taking the 800m in 1:52.64 which left him comfortably ahead of Ciaran O'Connell.

Meanwhile in the Norwich Union International meeting in Birmingham, Northern Ireland pole vaulter Zoe Brown was again below her best when clearing 3.97m to finish seventh.

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