Following in her mother's footsteps
Sophie O'Sullivan, the daughter of Sonia O'Sullivan, made the ideal start to her international athletics career when taking victory in her 800m heat at the European U-18 Championships in Gyor, Hungary yesterday evening.
The 16-year-old surged to the lead approaching the finish to win in 2:12.23 and advance to today's semi-final.
"I'm very happy with that, I wasn't expecting to go and win it," said O'Sullivan. "I was feeling OK and thought I may as well try to take it up. Everyone was coming the last 30 metres but it was really good to get the win."