John Treacy remembers exactly where he was when he first took notice of Sonia O’Sullivan.
Cork City Sports, July 1987, spectators three or four deep around the perimeter of the track at the Mardyke, and out of the proverbial nowhere a 17-year-old from nearby Ballymore Cobh AC comes from some distance down to win the 3,000 metres.
“I would have been warming up for the 5,000m later on, and seeing Sonia win that race we all knew then, even as a teenager, she had just done something sensational. Running an Irish junior record too, which I believe still stands. I think that was the night we all took notice.”
Sonia O’Sullivan can’t remember exactly where she was when she first took notice of John Treacy, although …