O'Sullivan shows some real style By Brendan Mooney, Belfast
GILLIAN O'SULLIVAN launched her build-up to the Olympic Games with a stylish
performance at the National Indoor Championships at the Odyssey Arena in
Belfast yesterday.

She retained her 3k walk title in 11 mins 59.79 secs which was marginally
outside the world record she set at the corresponding meet last year.

It was a top drawer performance from the world silver medallist who was
always close enough to last year's pace when she set the world record at 11:35.34.
She went through the first kilometre in 4:44.27.

She covered the second kilometre in 4:22 and was back close to world pace
which she maintained to the end.




Olive Loughnane, the other world ranked women's race walker, also launched
her build up to the Olympics in the race. She finished second in 12:39.29 with
her younger sister, Ann, the national junior record holder and silver medallist
at last year's world youth championships, taking the bronze medal in 13:42.56.

The men's 5k walk introduced the world's greatest ever racewalker to the
Irish public as the triple Olympic gold medallist and world record holder, Robert
Korzeniowski from Poland went to the line alongside Ireland's Robert
Heffernan.

The Togher athlete, having his first race since injury ruled him out of the
world championships in Paris last summer, stayed with Korzeniowski until they
hit 3k in 11:08 and a gap quickly opened.

The double Olympic champion from Sydney went on to win in an all-comers
record of 18:38.79 with Robert Heffernan second in 19:05.60 nine seconds inside
last year's winning time.  

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